Jacinda Ardern delivers a strong alternative to Donald Trump’s leadership style in side by side U.N. speeches

U.S. President Donald Trump and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. (YouTube / The Guardian)

Without addressing him directly, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern delivered a powerful repudiation to President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric at the United Nations this week, and The Guardian has captured the stark contrast between the two in a masterful two-minute video.

While Ardern emphasized collectivism as the starting point to address the problems of isolationism, protectionism and racism, and strongly advocated for peace, Trump proudly listed all the collaborative bodies the U.S. has decided not to cooperate with under his leadership — including the U.N. Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court.

“If I could distill it down to into one concept we are pursuing in New Zealand,” said Ardern, “it is simple and it is this: Kindness.”

Hear their very different outlooks in the video below:


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