New Zealand's foreign ministry censured its second-ranking envoy to the United States on Wednesday after she tweeted that the Democratic Party in America should get its act together "or we will all die".
She later deleted the tweets, which also said that the Democrats had "learned nothing", adding: "If this is what they have against Trump we should be planning for the eight years". "Please get your s*** together or we will all die".
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"An MFAT spokeswoman said the ministry was aware of Beresford's comments and "[did] not in any way endorse the content or tone of the tweets, which we note have now been deleted". "Our code of conduct and guidelines around the use of social media set very clear expectations of staff when making public comment, including maintaining political neutrality and care in expressing personal opinion".
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Ms Beresford, second only to Ambassador Tim Groser in New Zealand's U.S. diplomatic contingent, has since made her Twitter account private. "Yes I did send those tweets and realised very quickly that they were inappropriate, which is why I deleted them", she said. "These expectations were not met in this instance".
A spokesperson for Winston Peters, New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Prime Minister, said he had been briefed about the tweets and is confident the ministry will deal with it appropriately. This joint ticket, she said, could "win big" in 2020.
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Stryk put the New Zealand Embassy in touch with someone who had Trump's details and reportedly took on a lobbying role for the New Zealand government.