PM John Key to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC next month

PM John Key to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC next month

Prime Minister John Key will meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington DC next month.

In a statement Key says he "has welcomed" an invitation to meet with Obama. Key will catch up with Obama in Washington DC on Friday, June 20.

“The invitation underlines the very close relationship between the United States and New Zealand," says Key.

“I look forward to meeting with President Obama. We are likely to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, to take stock of our bilateral relationship, and to exchange views on current regional and international issues,” says Key.

Key, facing an election on September 20, will visit the US from June 16 to 20.

When in Washington DC, he will also meet with senior Obama administration figures, Congressional representatives and business leaders. Key will also visit New York to support New Zealand’s bid to win a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

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Am not sure of the protocols close to an election. This would seem electioneering at its best. "Mr Pres, the polls here are looking a bit tight, would you mind inviting me over to pretend to solve the world. You can give me the running orders on a bunch of stuff while I'm there- TPP, Dotcom, spying, whatever you say, boss."

Given the secrecy around the TPP and the potential consequences , prehaps he could consider talking to the New Zealand people about it at some point before signing the thing.

So it's OK for Mr Key to talk to Mr Obama about the TPP.  But we are not to know detail of what's in it.  Thats's democracy not.