New Zealand’s Prime Minister Is Showing the World What Real Leadership Looks Like
As a repercussion of the New Zealand attack, the President of the United States Donald Trump declared that white nationalism was not actually a threat. Rather it is all about a comparatively small group of people that have “very serious problems”. While making such statements, what he forgot was to offer comfort to the Muslim community of his country. On contrary, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, not only rejected the assessment made by Trump but also decided to take a completely different approach to deal with the issue — the approach of compassion mixed with action.
“Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities—New Zealand is their home—they are us,” was her first statement in an immediate rush after the shooting.
She also noted that Trump was among the first international leaders who called her and offered support. “He very much wished for his condolences to be passed on to New Zealand,” she said. “He asked what support the US could provide. My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities” she added.
On being asked about the response of Trump, she stated, “He acknowledged that and agreed.” President Trump is known for his frequent bans on Muslim traveling to the US and his repeated anti-Muslim speech was reminded to make such simple gestures by a leader who is about half his age.
Finally, rather than just offering condolences and prayers, Arden also vowed to band semi-automatic weapons in the country. “While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change,” Arden said.
Her ability to hold a small diverse nation together in this grave time is an inspiration to other heads of states. She is exemplifying the fact that why it is said that the youth is best suited to lead at the top.