By now everybody must have realized that the US President-elect Donald Trump is a choosy person. Owing to his political taste, only a handful of politicians and global leaders have managed to speak to him so far. According to the sources, only Trump’s mutual friends have managed to set up the telephone meetings with the global leaders. For instance, the Australian Prime Minister could only manage to speak to Trump after a golfing ally chipped in with his request and sealed the talks. It seems that Greg Norman and Trump have added Australian PM into their friend circle!
Who is Greg Norman?
Firstly, Greg Norman is Australia’s golf legend. He is now considered as Donald Trump’s closest business ally. Apart from sharing the same interests as Trump, he is also his staunchest supporter. His faith in Trump’s presidential campaign is believed to be so strong that he went to sleep last Tuesday after promising Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull about setting a meeting with the next president very soon.
By next day, it was time to fulfill the promise.
Former World Number 1 and the CEO of the Great White Sharks Enterprises saved the Australian PM the trouble of waiting in the queue to meet the person who has promised to “Make America great again”. Greg Norman played a crucial role in setting up the call between Trump and Turnbull, even as Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Government did not have the contact details themselves. Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, had asked Greg Norman to secure Trump’s private mobile number.
What Australian PM and Greg Norman think about Donald Trump?
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop acknowledged that the government was always prepared for Donald Trump’s victory, and have even made transitions to secure a strong bond with the new President. PM Turnbull himself revealed that Greg Norman is a great asset to the nation, and he will be a key diplomat in the Australia-US ties.
Known as “the Shark”, Norman is very optimistic about Donald Trump’s presidential stint and believes that it is the most interesting chapter in USA’s history. Meanwhile, global leaders are still languishing in the queue. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is yet to secure an appointment to meet Trump. Last week Trump met Britain’s anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farge at the Trump Tower. The Torries were left bitter even as their PM Theresa May is yet to speak to Trump. Only 9 leaders have managed to speak to Donald Trump so far including Turnbull.
Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Is there a role for Greg Norman in US-Australia alliance?
Donald Trump is yet to affirm the names forming his cabinet in the White House. It is speculated that Greg Norman could well be the strongest link between US and Australia. Now, a US citizen, Norman is excited about being invited for all diplomatic meetings between PM Turnbull and Donald Trump.
We expect to see him and the PM on January 20 for the Inauguration Day.
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