Tillerson greeted with middle fingers in New Zealand over Trump Paris withdrawal
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President Trump's secretary of state was reportedly greeted with a sea of middle fingers from protesters in New Zealand Tuesday who were angry at the White House's decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

New Zealand journalist Tracy Watkins reported that American journalists were "surprised by the number of people flipping the bird" at Tillerson's motorcade. NBC's Andrea Mitchell confirmed the report, adding that protesters were also giving thumbs down for Trump's decision to quit the Paris accord.

One New York Times reporter said that he'd "never seen so many people flip the bird at an American motorcade as I saw today" in an interview with Stuff, a New Zealand publication.


Other protesters constructed a giant paper mache effigy of President Trump. The effigy was carried through the streets of Wellington, New Zealand, where it was assaulted by demonstrators throwing water-filled condoms.

Tillerson was in the country for just five hours as part of an add-on to his Australia trip. Tillerson is the first member of the Trump administration to visit the island nation.