A New Zealand diplomat to the United States is facing censure from her department after a series of loose tweets in which she told the Democratic Party to "get your shit together or we will all die".
Beresford sent at least three tweets late last week disagreeing with an opinion column on political news website "The Hill" that said a 2020 Democratic ticket with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren could "win big".
"Yes I did send those tweets and realised very quickly that they were inappropriate, which is why I deleted them", she said.
"They've learned nothing", she tweeted first, referring to the Democrats.
Her reply: "I pointed out that no one had marched over my election to office".
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement that it was taking appropriate action but did not elaborate.
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the incident.
A representative for the New Zealand Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.
Caroline Beresford, New Zealand's deputy high commissioner to the United States, and second in charge to the ambassador, Tim Groser, has since made her Twitter account private, with the news website Newsroom reporting that her tweets had been deleted.
Beresford told Newsroom via email that she did write the tweets.
Ms Beresford, second only to Ambassador Tim Groser in New Zealand's U.S. diplomatic contingent, has since made her Twitter account private.