Ardern hits back at Trump over comments about surge in infections
WELLINGTON (NEW ZEALAND) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern slammed US President Donald Trump on Tuesday for saying her country was experiencing a “big surge” in coronavirus infection, terming the remarks “patently wrong”.
Trump addressed a crowd in Minnesota where he said New Zealand was gripped by a terrible surge in the coronavirus cases after having successfully kept the disease at bay. This caused uproar in the South Pacific country which has a population of 5 million.
“You see what’s going on in New Zealand?” Trump said.
“They beat it, they beat it, it was like front page they beat it … because they wanted to show me something.
“The problem is … big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible. We don’t want that.”
The prime minister said that there was no need to compare the handful of new cases in New Zealand with the tens of thousands recorded in the US everyday.
“I think anyone who’s following COVID and its transmission globally will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day do not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands, and in fact does not compare to most countries in the world,” she said.
“Obviously, it’s patently wrong,” she said of Trump’s comments.
“We are still one of the best-performing countries in the world when it comes to COVID … our workers are focused on keeping it that way.”
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