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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis participate in talks at Government House in Sydney for the 2017 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) Monday, June 5, 2017. The annual meeting brings together the Australian ministers for foreign affairs and for defense with the U.S. secretaries of State and defense, along with senior officials from both portfolios. (Mark Metcalfe/Pool Photo via AP)

Rex Tillerson was greeted in New Zealand with a slew of one-finger salutes


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson didn't get the welcome many would have expected upon his visit to New Zealand, The Guardian reported.

Tillerson flew to New Zealand for an eight-hour visit on Tuesday and was greeted in Wellington by a slew climate-change protesters sporting one-fingered salutes. 

“I’ve never seen so many people flip the bird at an American motorcade as I saw today,” Gardiner Harris of The New York Times told Stuff.co.nz.

About 200 protesters from climate change advocacy group 350 Aotearoa greeted Tillerson at Parliament, only to "unwelcome him" shortly thereafter. Protesters were upset about President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. 

U.S. protection officials on the trip were overheard making jokes about the "warm" welcome.

New Zealand's government is still committed to the Paris Agreement, saying that it will cut emissions by 11 percent of '90s levels by 2030. 

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