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'Mr Trump offered his sympathies for the earthquake' - John Key speaks with President-elect

President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his sympathy to New Zealand during his first conversation with Prime Minister John Key since winning the election.

"We've been trying to set up a call" since Trump was elected, the PM told Breakfast. Source: Breakfast

Mr Trump's attempts to reach Mr Key were thwarted earlier in the week, but the pair touched base today.

"The Prime Minister spoke with President-elect Donald Trump this morning, and they had a very warm and cordial conversation," a spokesperson for Mr Key said.

"Mr Trump offered his sympathies for the earthquake, and the Prime Minister congratulated him on his election.

"They discussed the New Zealand economy, trade and agreed that the relationship between New Zealand and the United States was in great shape."