AUSTRALIA’S Lambassador, Sam Kekovich, recently recounted a story about a meeting he had years ago with recently-elected US President Donald Trump, as part of his 20-year quest to promote Australian lamb for MLA.
In 2010, a bold-as-brass Kekovich managed to stitch up a video interview with the then real estate tycoon at his New York Trump Tower headquarters, as part of Kekovich’s faux ‘quest’ to get the United Nations to declare an International Australia Day celebrating lamb.
Entertaining a red meat producer audience in Brisbane recently, Kekovich recalled with some fondness his engagement with ‘The Donald,’ filed as part of his satirical ambassadorial visit to the US to drum-up support for the scheme.
Trump obviously takes a liking to the garrulous Kekovich, and his no-holds-barred approach, as evidenced in the edited youtube clip embedded in this article.
“What a reputation you have,” Trump exclaims.
“A bit of mutual admiration never hurt anyone,” Sam retorts.
Trump is obviously impressed with Sam’s crusade, telling him he likes the idea of an International Lamb Day, and encourages Sam to go ahead with his approach to the UN.
“I really like the idea of taking your national day of pride, which has become an opportunity for Aussies everywhere to bond over a lamb barbecue, and grow it to a global day of peace and goodwill,” Trump tells a beaming Kekovich.
“I think it’s a great idea. You’re hired. We could change the world.”
Sam even manages to probe the boisterous billionaire about his future plans, some 17 years before his election as US president.
“What’s the next Everest for Donald Trump?” Sam inquires.
“I really enjoy what I’m doing,” Trump replies. “I love real estate.”
Kekovich presented Trump with a plate of Aussie lamb chops as part of his 2010 New York visit.
Click the link below to access a news clip containing edited footage of Sam’s Trump interview: