At last weeks ANZ Bank - Karori Rotary business breakfast the meeting was addressed by His Excellency Scott Brown, US ambassador.
After an introduction in Te Reo H.E. outlined his career, including 3 years in the senate, a period in the National Guard, running a law practice and providing input to Fox news. H.E. has been a life long Rotarian and praised organisations such as Rotary and Lions as filling an important gap between government and the community.
H.E. spoke of our common inheritance and common goals which have generally worked well since World War II.
H.E. noted some of the criticisms of the Trump Administration but also pointed to some recent successes including getting 3 votes on North Korea through the UN Security Council.
The embassy web site has many programs of general interest to the public, we are encouraged to visit
During his term H.E. hopes to improve visa privileges for New Zealanders and to focus on business and trade. Innovations such as Rocket Lab working with NASA are of particular interest.
Questions from the floor included contentious subjects including gun control, climate change and health care. H.E. answered these clearly and directly informing the meeting of a range of US views on these subjects.