Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

New Zealand Diplomat Censured for Vulgar Tweet About US Democrats

New Zealand Diplomat Censured for Vulgar Tweet About US Democrats

A New Zealand diplomat in Washington has caught flack for a tweet in which she urged the U.S. Democratic Party to get its act together against President Donald Trump "or we will all die".

"Please get your" - and here she used an expletive - "together or we will all die", she wrote.

This week she tweeted in response to an article on website The Hill by a former Democratic aide suggesting 2016 Democrat presidential nominee, senator Bernie Sanders, could team up with Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, said "we will all die" if the United States does not get their act together before the next election.

Ms Beresford, second only to Ambassador Tim Groser in New Zealand's United States diplomatic contingent, has since made her Twitter account private.

Caroline Beresford, deputy head of mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC.

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Newsroom reported that Beresford confirmed she did send, and later delete, the tweets.

Ms Beresford disagreed with The Hill saying that the pair could "win big".

"Yes I did send those tweets and realised very quickly that they were inappropriate, which is why I deleted them", the diplomat said in a statement.

A spokesman for New Zealand's foreign minister, Winston Peters, said he was "confident the ministry is responding in an appropriate way", according to the Times.

The US is a close ally for New Zealand, although it isn't the first time New Zealanders have shared their disapproval of the larger power since Mr Trump entered the White House.

The spokeswoman said MFAT's code of conduct and social media guidelines set clear expectations of staff when making public comment, including the maintenance of political neutrality and care in expressing personal opinion.

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