Aug 18, 2020
Transcript: New Zealand PM Ardern Responds to Trump’s COVID Criticism
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responded to the media on August 18, saying of Trump’s criticism of New Zealand’s recent ‘surge’ that there isn’t “any comparison” to the high U.S. numbers. Read the transcript of her statements.
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Jacinda Ardern: (00:09)
Obviously, I don’t think there’s any comparison between New Zealand’s current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases that are being seen daily in the United States. Obviously, every country is experiencing its own fight with COVID-19. It is a tricky virus, but not one where I would compare New Zealand’s current status to the United States.
Jacinda Ardern: (00:35)
Look, I think for anyone who’s following COVID in its transmission globally will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States tens of thousand. And in fact, does not compare to most countries in the real world. I’m not concerned about people misinterpreting our status.