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Key won't speculate on US elections

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2016

  John Key © NZN John Key As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump emerge as front-runners for US presidential nominations, Prime Minister John Key is keeping his opinions to himself.

"It's not for me to pick the next US president and we've still got a long way to go through the process, so I'm not going to wade in and say who should win and who shouldn't," he told reporters on Thursday.

"What I do have is a responsibility as prime minister of New Zealand to develop the best working relationship I can with the next president of the United States, whoever that might be - I do that with every country we have a good working relationship with."

Mr Key says that like everyone else, he's fascinated with the process.

"I don't know Donald Trump and I do know Hillary Clinton," he said.

"But there's been plenty of leaders who have come on the scene who I didn't know."

In Wednesday's "Super Tuesday" primary campaigns, Ms Clinton won the Democrat count in seven of 11 states and Mr Trump won the Republican count in seven as well.

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