Ambassador: “Give Trump a fair go”

New US ambassador Scott Brown has asked new Zealanders to give Donald Trump a fair go.

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Mr Brown is a former US Senator and served in the National Guard for 35 years, reaching the rank of Colonel. He replaces Mark Gilbert.

He was also an early supporter of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.

He has described himself as a “social moderate but a fiscal conservative”.

“I said that this is the country I want to go and I could have had a choice of anywhere.

“[Donald Trump] trusts me, he understands that I’m very direct and he respects my opinions.

“He wanted somebody here in this important part of the world, as you know what’s happening with China and their taking rocks and turning them into islands and potentially militarising them.”

Mr Brown acknowledged some New Zealanders may not like Mr Trump’s style as American president, but he urged them to give him a fair go.

“One thing that people like about him is the fact that he is different….he’s not a politician. He ran on a platform and he’s one of the first elected officials that actually has fulfilled those promises.

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“Whether you like it or not he’s a man of his word and that’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. Will he get a fair go from the American people, or from the world, New Zealanders and other media outlets?

“Gosh I hope so because I think it’s critically important to give anybody who’s in a new position, a new position as the President of the US, or the Prime Minister of this country – I don’t care who, give them a chance first before you start criticising.”

New Zealand has to do what it can to get on with Brown, Trump and the US as well as possible.

There might be a few New Zealanders who would like Trump to give them and the world a fair go too.