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The fine line of international politics

National and the Greens have called for the government to condemn US president Donald Trump’s policy of family separation.

Acting PM Winston Peters, however, has said that while he and all of the cabinet are “concerned” about the policy, they have refused to condemn it.

It shows what a tricky thing international politics is.

There’s always a certain amount of sucking up you have to do to people you might not like. We saw it with Trump and Kim at the Singapore Summit. We see it in pretty much any interaction with China.

And New Zealand remains an ally of the US and within their zone of influence.

Peters and the government can’t risk a backlash from the US which has already imposed tariffs on us.

So, they are forced to remain silent.

We don’t get to complain about the tariffs

US President Donald Trump has given exemptions to his steel and aluminium tariffs to US allies like Mexico, Canada, Australia and the EU, but New Zealand was not on that list.

Trade Minster David Parker said it “belies our strong positive relationship.”

There were also people on Radio New Zealand this morning complaining about it.

And, when I hear these complaints about the tariffs, I just don’t think we have a right to complain about them.

They’re the USA. We’re New Zealand. They’re a world super power. We are a few islands in the south pacific.

The US owes us nothing.

And don’t get me wrong, we should absolutely push to get an exemption from the tariffs.

But, we don’t really have a lot to offer them, and I think it’s unlikely we will get an exemption.