LEADING MEN: Bob Hawke on course with Frank Barrett at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic in the vineyards on Tuesday. Picture: Michael ParrisBob Hawke came face to face with Donald Trump on Tuesday, but the former prime minister said the US president-elect was not as scary as he appeared.

Mr Hawke, 87, played in the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic golf tournament on Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, where he ran into former Knights media manager Frank Barrett dressed as the controversial Republican.

’s longest-serving Labor PM, puffing on a trademark cigar, posed for photos with “Trump” and said the real thing was “potentially dangerous, yes, but I don’t think he’ll be as dangerous as he sounded on the campaign trail”.

Mr Hawke’s government created Medicare and APEC, initiated universal superannuation and floated the n dollar.

When Bob met The Donald I photos Bob Hawke tees off on the first.

Bob Hawke with Frank Barrett.

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TweetFacebook Jack Newton Celebrity ClassicMr Trump may be on the other side of the idealogical spectrum, but Mr Hawke said it was still important for to “hold out a hand to him and try and help”.

Mr Hawke, who said he was upset when Mr Trump won,regarded the Republican leader’s attitudes to free trade and China as troubling.

“But he’s won, and that’s over. We should keep a good relationship, and with China. We won’t always agree with him. Sometimes we’ll agree with China rather than him, but we’ll play it as it comes.”

Mr Hawke has been a regular at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic since 1983, the year he was first elected as prime minister.

The two-day event ends tomorrow.