Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Fuck America

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Wellington yesterday - and he got an appropriate kiwi welcome:

The weather was awful and the mood of the locals wasn't much better when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Wellington.

US media travelling with Tillerson were surprised by the number of people flipping the bird at Tillerson as his motorcade sped through town.

New York Times correspondent Gardiner Harris said he had been in a lot of motorcades but even he was taken back by the negative reaction.

"I've been in motorcades for a couple of years now ... I've never seen so many people flip the bird at an American motorcade as I saw today," Harris said.

Harris wasn't the only one who noticed - US protection officers travelling by with Tillerson were overheard joking about the "warm" Wellington welcome.

This isn't protesters - they were outside Parliament - but ordinary people on the street. Its a sign of just how much Donald Trump has undermined relations just by being president. Not that they were that great to start with (kiwis dislike bullies, and the US is the biggest bully in the world), but at least the previous administration gave the impression they were trying not to be complete arseholes (while murdering people with drones and randomly bombing people as always). And with polls showing that kiwis are now looking to China for global leadership, it is going to become increasingly difficult for New Zealand governments to continue their usual pro-US policies...