A New Zealand diplomat has been criticised after saying that the US Democratic Party should get its “s*** together”.
Caroline Beresford, New Zealand’s deputy head of mission to the US, had been replying to a tweet by US politics website The Hill.
It had been promoting a piece about the potential of a Bernie Sanders – Elizabeth Warren presidential ticket to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.
Ms Beresford disagreed with The Hill saying that the pair could “win big”.
She tweeted: “No it couldn’t. Please get your s*** together or we will all die.”
She later deleted the tweets, which also said that the Democrats had “learned nothing”, adding: “If this is what they have against Trump we should be planning for the eight years.”
Ms Beresford, second only to Ambassador Tim Groser in New Zealand’s US diplomatic contingent, has since made her Twitter account private.
She told New Zealand news website Newsroom: “Yes I did send those tweets and realised very quickly that they were inappropriate, which is why I deleted them.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is taking “appropriate action” and “(did) not in any way endorse the content or tone of the tweets, which we note have now been deleted”.
The US is a close ally for New Zealand, although it isn’t the first time New Zealanders have shared their disapproval of the larger power since Mr Trump entered the White House.
After meeting Mr Trump late last year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Sky News Australia that he had “made a side comment that I had upset a lot of people”.
“I think it was in jest over the fact that it was perhaps a surprise win; I can’t be sure.”
Her reply: “I pointed out that no one had marched over my election to office.
When then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited in June, he was greeted by one finger salutes and thumbs-down from people on the streets of Wellington, surprising even the US media contingent.