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New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Wednesday.


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  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on the
    “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday, while she was in
    New York City for the UN General Assembly.
  • During the interview, Ardern gave her take on US President
    Trump’s UN address, which caused widespread laughter when he
    claimed to have accomplished more than any other administration.
  • She also spoke about her one-on-one talk with Trump, which
    she said was hampered when her partner Clarke accidentally
    toppled a flagpole.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a break from
meetings at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to appear on the
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, where she charmed the audience
with her take on President Donald Trump’s address, her partner’s
gaffs, and her unsuccessful audition for “The Lord of the Rings.”

Ardern, the youngest female world leader at 38, made history on
Monday when she brought her three-month-old
daughter Neve to the floor of the UN General Assembly
, to
take in Trump’s speech.

Trump’s address made headlines when he caused the dignitaries to erupt in
laughter
for claiming he had gotten more done than any prior
administration. He later claimed that the audience was laughing
with him.

When asked whether this was true, Ardern smiled and asked Colbert
if he was “trying to create a diplomatic incident.”

She then went on to say that there was a “little laugh” in
response to Trump’s claim, at which point the US president said,
“I didn’t expect that response.” His comment caused a “bigger
laugh,” at which point people were laughing with him, Ardern
clarified.


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Ardern
weighed in on Trump’s speech, saying the delegates were laughing
at him —as opposed to with him.


John
Moore/Getty



Ardern described the first laugh as a “spontaneous murmur amongst
… some people.”

“And you joined in?” Colbert asked.

“I observed,” Ardern responded, causing the audience to break out
into laughter.

Ardern also spoke about her one-on-one talk with Trump later on,
when she asked him about getting an exception to his newly
imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

But she said there was a “slight distraction” when her partner,
Clarke Gayford, “knocked over a flag pole.”

“As I turned around he was holding this — what I can only
describe as a long metal prong, which I think was the device that
splays the flag,” she said. “And I’m surprised no one leapt on
him at that point, because it looked like a weapon.”


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Ardern’s
partner Clarke Gayford took care of baby Neve on the floor of the
UN General Assembly.


Carlo
Allegri/Reuters



At another point in the conversation, Colbert, a fan of “The Lord
of the Rings” books, pointed out that Ardern comes from a town
near the “Hobbiton” set for Peter Jackson’s films on the books.

“I did, but I do find it slightly offensive that everyone thinks
every New Zealander starred in either ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The
Hobbit,'” Ardern joked.

“Were you in ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Hobbit’?” Colbert asked.

“Some of us auditioned but weren’t successful, okay? That’s all
I’m going to say,” she responded.

“Did you really audition?” Colbert asked.

“I did, I did,” she said.

Ardern said New Zealand is so casual that people actually do come
up to her all the time, and she’s usually referred to just by her
first name.

“In fact I’ve had conversations in the most awkward situations,
maternity bra shopping, grocery store,” Ardern said.

Ardern is expected to address the UN General Assembly herself on
Thursday.

Watch Arden’s appearance on ‘The Late Show’ below:

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