Photos seem to show two very different congratulatory calls for New Zealand’s new PM

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Photos of the new prime minister of New Zealand taking congratulatory phone calls from President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are getting attention for the stark difference in body language displayed by 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern during the two calls.

In photos released by the New Zealand Labor Party, Ardern can be seen holding a phone and leaning forward, looking downward with a mostly expressionless face as she spoke to Trump.

In contrast, a photo of Ardern speaking to Trudeau on a video call shows the New Zealand leader smiling broadly.


Ardern is New Zealand’s youngest leader in more than a century and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path after nearly a decade of conservative rule. She recently made headlines when an Australian journalist called her office to inquire about the pronounciation of her name and was surprised to hear Ardern herself answer the phone.

‘‘It was funny. I was in a meeting and my desk phone started to ring and it doesn’t ring much, so I went over and I saw it was an international number and I just picked up,’’ Ardern told the Herald.

Rob DeCola can be reached at robert.decola@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @robdecola. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Justin Trudeau’s title.