A senior Kiwi diplomat criticised her Wellington bosses for their scrutiny of a deal with United States lobbyists, saying they were “driving me crazy” and telling the Americans to disregard a timeline inserted into the contract. Sam Sachdeva reports.
That Donald Trump has upended the world of diplomacy is not up for debate. Yet the New Zealand embassy’s decision to engage a US lobbying firm with no prior foreign experience raises questions about the state of our affairs in Washington, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
A chance Washington encounter between a Kiwi diplomat’s Labrador and a US lobbyist with Donald Trump’s phone number made headlines around the world. It led to a six-month, $250,000 relationship - but did New Zealand know what we were getting ourselves into?