New Zealand leader spoke with Trump about need for 'love for all Muslim communities'
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she told President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE that the U.S. should offer Muslim communities "sympathy and love" after at least 49 people were killed in Christchurch mosque shootings Friday. 

Ardern said she gave Trump the advice after he asked what the U.S. could do to help New Zealand, according to The Guardian

Trump said on Twitter that that he spoke with Ardern after the massacre, but did not mention her comment. 


Worshippers were gunned down at two New Zealand mosques on Friday. In addition to the 49 killed, dozens more were injured.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with the Muslim community, including calling for a ban on Muslim immigration during his presidential campaign. On Friday, a top official of a prominent Muslim-American group said that Trump bears some responsibility for rising Islamophobia.

The president condemned the attack earlier Friday, calling it a "horrible massacre."