English talks with Trump

US President Donald Trump and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English talked by phone today.

NZ Herald: Prime Minister Bill English speaks with US President Donald Trump

The White House said the aim of the calls are to “promote an America First foreign policy.”

English is about the 15th leader Trump has spoken to since his inauguration.

The New Zealand Prime Minister has given more detail on his phone call with the US President Donald Trump, describing Trump as “warm, civil and very thoughtful” during a call which ranged from immigration bans to the Super Bowl.

He said the call…was “a warm and friendly conversation.”

“He has a more casual attitude to diplomatic relationships than is usual, but he conveyed his enthusiasm for meeting at some stage in the White House … ‘well, if you’re passing by’.”

Despite the warm offer, English said he was unlikely to get there before the September election. “I’d imagine it will take some time for the new administration to bed in, and then we’ve got the election campaign. I wouldn’t anticipate getting there this side of the election.”

He said Trump appeared to be positive about the relationship with New Zealand. “He thinks it’s a fantastic place. He likes the idea we are a long way away so therefore we aren’t under the same pressures as everybody else.”

So no dramas here.