Since Ardern revealed Donald Trump initially thought she was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, the reports have spread internationally. I think I should never have recounted the story'.
Ardern was appointed Prime Minister just this past October the 26th, and recently talked with New Zealand publication Newsroom about how she was coping with the huge shift from being leader of the local Labour Party to finding herself rubbing elbows with Justin Trudeau and Moon Jae-in.
'Someone thought the President had confused us, but in all of the conversations we had it was clear to me he hadn't, and recalled the conversation we had late last month, ' she said.
"I said there was some confusion over who I was", she said, adding that she could see now how it could have been misinterpreted.
Miss Ardern was quizzed on the matter on TVNZ after she reportedly shared the anecdote at the New Zealand Music Awards last week.
"President Trump didn't seem to confuse me when I interacted with him", Ardern said.
Ms Ardern heard from a third party that Trump may have been confused about who she was
During an interview on TVNZ1 however the prime minister insisted that when she was formally introduced to Trump he seemed to know who she was, claiming that the whole case of mistaken identity was apparently observed by a third party, though she did not reveal the identity of this person.
The New Zealand Prime Minister also denied telling Mr Sainsbury that Trump mistook her for the Canadian First Lady, explaining that she had "shared a yarn" about someone else seeing Trump become confused about who she was.
'I want to know at the music awards, what is the story you told a comedian in a group of people was it simply that, "Hey guys, amusing story, Donald Trump mistook me". was it that, because that is what they say you told them'.
Tame defended his line of questioning saying when a Prime Minister tells a story that embarrasses the US President and wasn't 100 per cent true it was his job to ask the hard questions.
Trump repeated his joke, to which the New Zealand PM swiftly replied, "You know, no one marched when I was elected".
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