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Australia Cold-Called Donald Trump By Getting His Number From A Famous Golfer

Call me maybe.

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When Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called Donald Trump last Thursday, he was one of the first world leaders to speak to the new US president-elect.

The PM on the phone to Donald Trump (via PMO)

On Thursday, it emerged Australia, which has a longstanding diplomatic and military alliance with the US, was only able to get through to Trump because the prime minister cold-called him on his personal mobile phone, through a number provided by champion Australian golfer Greg Norman.

Norman, who has a personal friendship with the newly elected president formed through his deep association with golf, was reportedly approached by Australia's ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, in the immediate aftermath of the shock election.

Norman, whose nickname is the "great white shark", is a two-time British Open champion and now lives in Florida.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Hockey got Trump's private mobile phone number and forwarded it to the Australian PM, who then cold-called the president-elect.

The prime minister has previously praised Trump for being a "deal maker" and said the two had a "warm" 15-minute phone call about the US-Australia alliance last week.

Trump had earlier seized on a New York Times report that detailed how US allies were left cold-calling him in Trump Tower.

I have recieved and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan,

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.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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