Greg Norman defends Donald Trump’s golf habits as he arrives at the White House State Dinner alongside his fellow Australian, media heir Lachlan Murdoch
- Retired golf star Greg Norman, 64, says that ‘nobody can golf too much’
- He was part of the Australian delegation to White House state dinner on Friday
- Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Australian media magnate Rupert, was also there
Golf star Greg Norman has defended President Donald Trump’s golf habits, as he visits the White House for a state dinner to honor the Australian prime minister.
‘Nobody can golf too much,’ said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on the way into Friday night’s state dinner, shrugging off criticism that Trump spends most weekends on the golf course.
Norman said he hadn’t golfed with Trump recently, but did concede he was speaking to the president about coming to Australia in January to see Tiger Woods play in the president’s cup.
Trump visits one of his own golf courses at least once most weekends. He has visited golf courses at least 217 times since his inauguration, though it isn’t clear he actually played in every instance, since the press is not typically allowed into the private clubs.
Greg Norman arrives with his wife, Kirsten Kutner, for a State Dinner for Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House in Washington DC on Friday
‘Nobody can golf too much,’ said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on the way into Friday night’s state dinner, shrugging off criticism that Trump golfs too often
At Friday’s state dinner to honor Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Norman attended with his wife, interior designer Kirsten Kutner.
Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Australian media magnate and founder of Fox News Rupert Murdoch, also arrived with his wife but ignored questions about his father’s health.
Music wafted across the South Lawn below an illuminated White House as guests descended the outside staircases to join the garden party.
Guests, including several Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, White House staff and an Australian delegation, were seated at a mix of round and rectangular tables draped in alternating yellow and green tablecloths in tribute to Australia’s national colors and dined on sunchoke ravioli, Dover sole and apple tart a la mode. Temporary flooring was laid over the grass.
Lachlan Murdoch, left, and wife Sarah Murdoch arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House
Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison to an official dinner at the North Portico of the White House
Dinner centerpieces were made using more than 2,500 yellow California roses and Australia’s national flower, the golden wattle, while the garden itself was decorated with white and yellow roses.
Music came from all four sides of the Rose Garden and from above. The singers and musicians represented the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps and surrounded the party, while a band played on the roof of the West Wing.
At one point, a violinist wound through the tables while playing her instrument.
For the after-dinner entertainment, a band on the West Wing roof and a chorus below performed ‘What a Wonderful World.’
Guests listen to music in the Rose Garden of the White House during a State Dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison at the White House
Guests at the State Dinner in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington DC
The first lady wore an aqua silk chiffon gown by J. Mendel with inserted pleats and bias cut waves, the White House said. Morrison’s wife wore a midnight blue sequined halter-style gown.
In remarks before the three-course meal was served, Trump raised his glass to a ‘very special people and a very, very special country.’
He had said earlier Friday that he would love to attend the 2019 President’s Cup golf tournament in Australia in December, if his schedule will allow it.
In return, Morrison praised the first lady’s ‘quiet grace’ and toasted to 100 years of ‘mateship’ between the U.S. and Australia.