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New Zealand's reaction to President Trump

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/11/2016 Sean Martin

REACTION TO DONALD TRUMP'S US ELECTION WIN

"Our two countries share a strong relationship and I look forward to that continuing. Over the coming months we will be looking to build close ties with the incoming Trump Administration" - Prime Minister John Key.

"Like Brexit, Trump happens when people feel left out of their society, their economy and their politics. Something to ponder" - Labour immigration spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway.

"I've never really pretended to understand the quirks of other countries - even mine surprises me sometimes.But I thought I understood humanity" - Labour MP Jacinda Ardern.

"This result will certainly concern many New Zealanders, but American democracy reflects the will of American voters" - ACT leader David Seymour.

"I am appalled" - Green co-leader James Shaw.

"The greatest message for the elite is that the ordinary people in the Western world are not going to go on being ignored" - NZ First leader Winston Peters.

"It is possible that statements made during the campaign may prove to have been merely rhetoric, and the US will maintain its orthodox approach to international trade - that will be the hope of business in New Zealand" - Business NZ chief executive Kirk Hope.

"Trump's anti-trade position and general protectionist stance is concerning" - ExportNZ executive director Catherine Beard.

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