Sharri Markson has blasted her way onto the front page at her new gig at the Daily Tele, with the news that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bypassed the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade when Donald Trump was elected president, going straight to golfer Greg Norman. Apparently the Shark is a close friend of Trump’s and was able to pass on his personal mobile number to Aussie ambassador Joe Hockey — meaning Turnbull was just the second world leader to congratulate President-elect Trump. If you were wondering if Norman is a fan of Trump’s policies as well as his golf courses, an opinion piece in Newsweek gives a bit of insight. Norman writes:

“For the past eight years, the country has been in a state of uncertainty. One thing that really resonated was the push-back against the establishment. Donald, for all his bluster, rhetoric and aggressive style of messaging, caught the attention of those that needed a rudder for their forgotten ship and beliefs. Like it or not, he made a poignant and powerful impact on a base that sat sadly alienated.

“I personally had a sense of this and told Donald, when President Barack Obama was campaigning for Hillary Clinton 10 days before the election, that he was going to win. Obama’s messaging was wrong and just reinforced that those wanting change would get it with Clinton. In other words, the problem was not the problem—the attitude to the problem was the problem.”

“Trump will have to navigate global economic wars, cyber terrorism, the refugee crisis and so much more. The world is facing a critical time. I will say that I have spoken to the prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, and he is onboard with wanting to see President-elect Trump succeed. I think and hope that is the position of most of the world’s leaders.

Peter Fray

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