Kiwi journalist gets 'random' response from Donald Trump
What do you call a hopeful yet unexpected passing of words about New Zealand with Donald Trump?
"Random" is what Kiwi journalist Patrick Gower said.
Gower, who is reporting from the US on the presidential election, had the opportunity to question the Republican nominee race frontrunner moments after his most recent debate in Texas on Thursday night (NZ time).
"What would a Donald Trump presidency mean for a country like New Zealand?" Gower asked.
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"Say hello to Bob Charles - I love Bob Charles - do you know who Bob Charles is? Your greatest golfer," Trump replied.
"What about the Trans Pacific Partnership?" Gower quickly followed.
But Trump ignored the question and moved on pass a string of other journalists whom he also ignored.
"To be honest I was quite taken back by his response," Gower said.
"It was a really random thing to say... at least we now know who his favourite New Zealander is."
It was the toughest media scrum Gower had been in and he said it was by luck that Trump caught Gower's eye which lead to the brief, but random, exchange of words.
He admitted his late question should have been his go-to, however the moment of opportunity had sprung into a moment of surprise.
"I was actually quite surprised with how he answered, considering he had just been through the wringer moments before.
"If Trump becomes President, this will be my moment to remember," he laughed.
Back in New Zealand, Radio Live drive host Duncan Garner bet Gower that if he got a question to Trump, he would shout him "a dozen Lion Red".
Gower will be reporting from the US until Super Tuesday, the biggest day on the 2016 primary and caucus calendar, with contests in 11 states.