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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned a brilliant barb to President Donald Trump when he criticised her at the APEC conference in Vietnam.

Trump reportedly told a person standing next to the Prime Minister:

This lady caused a lot of upset in her country.

Ardern replied:

Well, you know, only maybe 40 per cent.

Trump repeated his initial statement. So Ardern upped the ante:

You know, no-one marched when I was elected.

Picture: Picture: Then Labour MP Jacinda Ardern and musician, writer, activist Lizzie Marvelly join thousands of people marching up Queen Street. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Ardern later said that Trump laughed during the exchange and did not seem offended:

He laughed and it was only afterwards that I reflect that it could have been taken in a very particular way – he did not seem offended.

The exchange was tweeted by Flight of the Concords comedian and New Zealander Jemaine Clement:

People loved Ardern for challenging Trump:

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, ignored a public request by Ardern to have a "substantive" discussion on her offer to resettle 150 refugees from Manus Island.

Asked by reporters whether she had met Turnbull, she said:

Not since I saw him in passing but our officials have been talking together.

Asked whether it was the discussion she'd asked for, she said:

No, not necessarily. Both of us are busy, involved in the summit and other bilaterals.

I think we’re splitting hairs a little bit of whether it needs to be formally sitting down or over a cup of tea in a waiting room ... You’d be surprised what I can do over a cup of tea.

HT Newshub

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