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Sunrise host David Koch comes under fire after interview with high-profile diplomat

“I could do his job for half the wages”: high-profile diplomat makes a play for the work of David Koch, but host Sunrise fires back with a VERY sharp remark

  • The Australian ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, is leaving his job
  • When asked what he intended to do next, he offered David Koch’s job at Sunrise
  • Senior diplomat said he could organize the morning show for half the price

Senior diplomat Joe Hockey has raised his hand for a breakfast TV hosting job and offers to take David Koch’s place at Sunrise for half the salary.

The ambassador of Australia to the United States made the brutal remark during the morning show on Tuesday about what he intends to do as soon as he leaves the elite position this week.

“Give me only half of Kochie’s wage roll, I could do the job that David Koch does, but half the wage,” he said.

Sunrise hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch (both pictured) were amused when the ambassador of Australia in the United States offered to take Koch's job for half the price

Sunrise hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch (both pictured) were amused when the ambassador of Australia in the United States offered to take Koch’s job for half the price

Samantha Armytage laughed at the offer and said, “He spent how many years in America and now he has stars in his eyes.”

While Kochie quickly shot back at the former MP for North Sydney.

“Great guy, you’re dreaming,” he said.

The former treasurer has held the elite position since 2016. He is being replaced by former senator Arthur Sinodinos.

During his stint, Mr. Hockey was praised for helping Australia maintain a close relationship with the United States during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Last year, Scott Morrison was the first Australian Prime Minister invited to a state dinner since John Howard in 2006.

Mr. Hockey's offer (photo) comes as he prepares to leave his elite position in Washington

Mr. Hockey's offer (photo) comes as he prepares to leave his elite position in Washington

Mr. Hockey’s offer (photo) comes as he prepares to leave his elite position in Washington

Koch laughed at the offer and told the former MP for North Sydney: “Big fella, you dreaming”

On Saturday a farewell dinner will be held for Mr Hockey in Washington.

The event is expected to attract many prominent guests, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

President Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, is also expected to give a speech.

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