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Trump – Good or Bad for New Zealand

March 6, 2018

Whether you love him, hate him, or have never heard of him – Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America. If you fall into the last category, I do have to wonder where you have been living for the past few years! While many believe that Donald Trump is a polarising figure, I would argue that whether he is polarising or not, that in itself does not impact on New Zealand’s relationship with the USA.

At the end of the day, New Zealand and the United States are close friends. We are both western liberal democracies with shared values such as rule of law and freedom of speech. We have a military alliance, and a trade relationships that see’s over $16 billion annually. A relationship of that strength doesn’t rest on personalities, and as a result it doesn’t have much of an impact if we have a National or a Labour Prime Minister, or a Republican or Democratic President in the US.

That being said, there is an exception to every rule.

I am old enough to recall in 1985 when our then Prime Minister David Lange made a call that New Zealand was to be nuclear free – meaning US nuclear ships were unable to call on our harbours. This did cause some tension in our relationship and lead to the breakdown of the ANZUS defence treaty. Thankfully, the relationship has since recovered.

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Todd Muller

About Todd Muller

Todd Muller is the MP for Bay of Plenty. He writes a weekly article for the Kiwi Kids News website. Todd Muller was born in Te Aroha and raised in Te Puna. He attended Tauranga Boys College before earning his Masters Degree from Waikato University. He is a former Waikato University Councillor, and sat on the Boards of Plant and Food Research and the Sustainable Business Council. Todd is married to Michelle and is father to their three children, Aimee, Bradley, and Amelia.


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Will he build a wall?

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Trump is not the worst president

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donald is alright he just thinks its right to build a wall

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booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo from ella nina and saskia

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donald trump is the worst

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Trump is the worst person in the in the U.S.A

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trump siad a few weird things to get to the top but he knows what hes doing

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trump is the WORST PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD

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he is the worst

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trump is good and bad

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How come we don't get to vote? The president chosen will effect every country! Also Trump and Kim jong un are having a twitter war about nuking each other.

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I also agree that Jacinda Ardern should stay Prime Minister. Also If Trump starts WW3 I'm not surprised, just don't hurt other countries that have NOTHING TO DO WITH NORTH KOREA AND THE U.S.A'S RELATIONSHIP!!! Who agrees???

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l don't like him

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i think trump is good

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Who said Trump had to do with NZ!

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trump is better than hillary

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Cringe

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I disagree with trump being president. I am one of many people who know Donald Trump will start world war three. Last year he promised he would donate money to the blind society and he has'nt done it. He wastes money, he had his toilet paper made out of gold!

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we must build a wall

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what do they mean by close friends?

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guys trump is the worst hes arming teachers with fire arms

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Sigh... When he plunges us into nuclear war, don't be surprised.

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i think hes fine

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Just as long as he stays away from NZ I'm fine

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he is all good

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trump is all good

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I agree with everything that this article say cause Trump Is so not ready for what NZ has to bring .I would like Jacinda Ardern to stay our prime minister

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trump will build a wall he has metal factorie.

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Who says "trump's not bad".
He is the worst

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trumps the best

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Trumps not to bad