New Zealand PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau’s wife

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk during the APEC-ASEAN dialogue, on the sidelines of the APEC summit, in Danang, Vietnam, in this November 10, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 November 2017
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New Zealand PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau’s wife

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week.
Trudeau was supposedly making the introductions as Ardern attended her first major forum since taking office last month when Trump mixed-up the 37-year-old with the Canadian leader’s partner Sophie.
It was reportedly several minutes before he realized his mistake at the East Asia Summit in Manila.
However, Ardern said details of the encounter had become muddled in the retelling and there was actually no confusion on Trump’s part.
She said “a third party” at the meeting of world leaders — who she refused to name — incorrectly thought Trump had failed to identify her and she later told the anecdote to friends back in New Zealand.
A version leaked publicly that was unflattering to Trump and the rookie prime minister said she would now have to be more careful when telling tales of her encounters in the corridors of power.
“It was a bit of a funny yarn, something I don’t want to cause a diplomatic incident over... I think I should never have recounted the story,” she told TVNZ.
It comes after Ardern recalled another Trump anecdote from the Manila summit, when she was waiting to make her entrance at the event’s gala dinner.
“Trump in jest patted the person next to him on the shoulder, pointed at me and said, ‘This lady caused a lot of upset in her country’, talking about the election,” she told newsroom.co.nz.
“I said, ‘Well, you know, only maybe 40 percent’, then he said it again and I said, ‘You know’, laughing, ‘no-one marched when I was elected’.”
Large protests followed Trump’s election last year but Ardern said the American leader took her riposte in good humor.
“He laughed and it was only afterwards that I reflect that it could have been taken in a very particular way — he did not seem offended,” she said.


Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

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Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

  • The fighting comes a day after suspected militants abducted and killed a police official in the same area
  • Residents say the raiding troops torched two civilian homes where the rebels were trapped

SRINAGAR, India: Police say three rebels have been killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir.
Police say the fighting began early Sunday after government forces raided southern Khudwani village on a tip that rebels were hiding there and came under fire.
The fighting comes a day after suspected militants abducted and killed a police official in the same area.
Residents say the raiding troops torched two civilian homes where the rebels were trapped.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety.
Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989, demanding that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.