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Golf legend tees up Aus PM’s name with Trump

Shortly after Trump’s victory on the polls, Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, requested if Norman may present his authorities with the President-elect’s digits, which he fortunately obliged.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to facilitate the connection between PM Turnbull and President-Elect Trump on the request of Ambassador Hockey,” Norman mentioned in a press release.

“I’ve nice respect for each males who’ve been voted in by the individuals of their respective nations and I’m lucky sufficient to name Mr. Trump a buddy, so I used to be completely satisfied to place them in contact to additional the unbelievable long-standing relationship the 2 nations have skilled.”

He added: “I’m assured that Australia and the US will proceed to work collectively in the identical shut spirit that they’ve at all times have.”

Turnbull appeared to substantiate the corridor of famer’s function in sidestepping regular protocols in a information convention Thursday, saying: “In diplomacy and insurance policies, you utilize a lot of networks.”

“All I can say is we’ve got nice networks, nice connections and Greg Norman is a superb Australian,” Turnbull mentioned.

CNN reached out to Trump’s workforce for remark but it surely had not responded by time of publishing.

In the meantime, nice — who has gained two majors throughout his profession — is firmly behind his buddy taking on the obligations of “chief of the free world,” showering Trump with reward and assist in a recent Newsweek article.

“I’ve spoken to Donald on quite a few events for the reason that election and I feel he’ll shock many with what he’ll do with the presidency, however not himself. He has a transparent imaginative and prescient.

“Solely time will inform, however I’m optimistic and really feel that it’s an attention-grabbing and thrilling time to be in America. I’m not a citizen, however I’m a enterprise proprietor and resident in the US, so what transpires within the subsequent 4 or presumably eight years impacts me and my firm,” Norman wrote.

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The 15-minute name happened final week inside hours of Trump’s beautiful triumph, in keeping with local media reports. The Australian PM later mentioned the pair spoke about ISIS, commerce and safety within the Asia-Pacific area. He described the dialog as “very heat, constructive and sensible.”

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Turnbull additionally tweeted his congratulations shortly after the septuagenarian’s win within the US was declared. He posted on Twitter: “The Aus Gvt congratulates President Elect Trump. With our shared, enduring nationwide pursuits, our relationship will proceed to be robust.”

Nicknamed “the Shark,” Norman can be mates with former US president Invoice Clinton, competing in a number of of his basis’s charity golf occasions in earlier years.

Clinton and Norman chat during the third round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation golf tournament January 21, 2012 in La Quinta, California. Clinton and Norman chat during the third round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation golf tournament January 21, 2012 in La Quinta, California.

In 1997 Clinton injured his knee in a fall outside Norman’s home in Florida, the place he was staying throughout a go to to the state, and needed to have surgical procedure to restore a tendon.