NZ re­bukes diplo­mat

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

NEW Zealand has cen­sured its sec­ond-rank­ing diplo­mat in Wash­ing­ton af­ter she sent tweets say­ing US Democrats need to get their act to­gether for the next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion “or we will all die”.

Deputy head of mis­sion Caro­line Beres­ford later deleted the tweets and made her ac­count pri­vate.

Yes­ter­day, New Zealand’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade said the tweets didn’t meet its code of con­duct for so­cial me­dia, which re­quires di­plo­matic staff to main­tain po­lit­i­cal neu­tral­ity and take care ex­press­ing opin­ions.

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