I’m not sure this is an endorsement I’d want

Barack Obama called John Key to thank him for chairing a TPP session.

David Cunliffe, who like to jump queues to shake the hands of American politicians like Bill Clinton might be a bit miffed, but John Key Is probably miffed too at the news that Obama called him has been broadcast.

The White House has issued a statement about Mr Obama’s phone call, in which he thanked Mr Key for chairing the talks. 

The statement said the President called Mr Key “to thank him for successfully chairing the meeting … and to discuss the productive outcomes”.

“The two leaders welcomed the agreement among leaders that the 12 member nations will work toward the ambitious goal of concluding negotiations this year, and they committed to intensifying efforts to reach that goal.”

The statement said “this comprehensive and high standard agreement is a model for future trade agreements and a promising pathway to our APEC goal of building a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific”.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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