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Greg Norman arrives with his wife, Kirsten Kutner, for a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House in Washington DC on Friday

Greg Norman defends Donald Trump's golfing habits as he arrives at the White House State Dinner alongside his fellow Australian media heir Lachlan Murdoch

  • Retired golfer Greg Norman, 64, says that & # 39; no one can play golf too much & # 39;
  • He was part of the Australian delegation for the White House state dinner on Friday
  • Lachlan Murdoch, the son of the Australian media magnate Rupert, was also there
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Golf star Greg Norman has defended the golfing habits of President Donald Trump while visiting the White House for a state dinner in honor of the Australian Prime Minister.

& # 39; Nobody can play too much, & # 39; said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on his way to the state dinner on Friday night, and removed the criticism that Trump spends most weekends on the golf course.

Norman said he didn't play golf with Trump recently, but admitted that he spoke 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 on most weekends. Since his inauguration, he has visited golf courses at least 217 times, although it is not clear that he actually always played, since the press is generally not admitted to private clubs.

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Greg Norman arrives with his wife, Kirsten Kutner, for a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House in Washington DC on Friday

Greg Norman arrives with his wife, Kirsten Kutner, for a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House in Washington DC on Friday

& # 39; Nobody can play too much, & # 39; said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on the way to the state dinner on Friday night, and removed the criticism that Trump is playing too often

& # 39; Nobody can play too much, & # 39; said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on the way to the state dinner on Friday night, and removed the criticism that Trump is playing too often

& # 39; Nobody can play too much, & # 39; said the 64-year-old retired Australian golfer on the way to the state dinner on Friday night, and removed the criticism that Trump is playing too often

During Friday's state dinner to honor Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Norman was present with his wife, interior designer Kirsten Kutner.

Lachlan Murdoch, the son of the Australian media magnate and founder of Fox News Rupert Murdoch, also arrived with his wife, but ignored questions about his father's health.

Music hovered over the South Lawn under an illuminated White House as guests descended the outside stairs to participate in the garden party.

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Guests, including various cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, White House staff and an Australian delegation, sat at a mix of round and rectangular tables draped in alternating yellow and green tablecloths in honor of the national colors of Australia and eaten on sunchoke ravioli , Dover sole and a la mode apple pie. Temporary floors were 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

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

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 for an official dinner in the North Portico of the White House

Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison for an official dinner in the North Portico of the White House

Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison for an official dinner in the North Portico of the White House

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Dinner centerpieces were made using more than 2500 yellow California roses and the national flower of Australia, the golden lily, 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, the navy, the air force and the naval 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 she played her instrument.

For the after-dinner entertainment a band played on the West Wing roof and a choir below & # 39; What a Wonderful World & # 39 ;.

Guests listen to music at the White House Rose Garden during a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison at the White House

Guests listen to music at the White House Rose Garden during a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison at the White House

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Guests listen to music at the White House Rose Garden during a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison at the White House

State dinner guests in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington DC

State dinner guests in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington DC

State dinner guests in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington DC

The first lady wore an aqua silk chiffon dress by J. Mendel with deployed pleats and biased waves, the White House said. Morrison's wife wore a midnight blue halter-style sequined dress.

In comments before the three-course menu was served, Trump raised his glass to a & # 39; very special people and a very, very special country & # 39 ;.

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He had previously said on Friday that he would like to attend the 2019 President & # 39; s Cup golf tournament in Australia in December, if his schedule permits.

In return, Morrison praised the & # 39; silent grace & # 39; of the first lady and roasted for 100 years & # 39; partnership & # 39; between the US and Australia.

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