PM Jacinda Ardern meets Trump for first time at APEC gala dinner




Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met US President Donald Trump.

The PM is heading to Vietnam where she'll rub shoulders with the likes of presidents Trump and Putin.
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The leaders were introduced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the APEC gala dinner in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Friday night.

Ms Ardern shook hands with Mr Trump and, while he's known for his uncomfortably long handshakes, she described it as "standard".

The conversation with Mr Trump included Mr Trudeau and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

"It wasn't particularly political, it was about APEC and the programme," she said.

At the dinner, Ms Ardern was seated next to Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and briefly discussed the humanitarian crisis and persecution of Rohingya in that country.

"I did talk about the nature of her constitution and the relationship with the military," she said.

1 NEWS political editor Corin Dann was in Da Nang following developments.
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"I think from the conversation she certainly from the sentiment would have taken my interest in the constitutional arrangement between her and the military."

Ms Ardern has also briefly said hello to Russian President Vladimir Putin in passing.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has met with Mr Putin on this trip but said the discussions in that meeting were private.

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