Trump praises Saudi-backed LIV Golf during event at his club

Donald Trump loves golf but has a falling out with the PGA Tour.

And he was never one to shy away from controversy.

When you add it up, it should come as no surprise that there is a LIV golf event this weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, but that the former president also attended the Pro-Am on the Thursday before the tournament .

“Honestly, what they’re doing for the game of golf is so great, what they’re doing for the players is so great,” Trump told ESPN of the Saudi-backed LIV during Thursday’s event. “Salaries will increase. As you know, the PGA has not been loved by many players for a long time. Now they have an alternative and no one ever knew there would be a gold rush like this.”

Trump and his son Eric have teamed up with LIV golfers Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who have played golf with the former president in the past. Wearing a white polo shirt and a red Make America Great Again cap, Trump drove his own car adorned with the President’s seal and carried his red, white and blue golf bag.

Former President Donald Trump sits in a golf cart while watching Dustin Johnson putt

Former President Donald Trump watches Dustin Johnson putt during a Pro-Am round Thursday at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ

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He bogeyed the first hole and was two-over after four holes.

Among the crowd watching the former president’s group were his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Other celebrities attending the event included Caitlyn Jenner, Charles Barkley and Lawrence Taylor.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to golf fans Thursday at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ

Former President Donald Trump speaks to golf fans Thursday at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ

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In its first year of existence, LIV Golf was condemned by many for its ties to a Saudi government accused of numerous human rights abuses.

Family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks oppose the tour. A group of family members of 9/11 victims launched a publicity campaign criticizing Trump for hosting an LIV event so close to the former World Trade Center site, where many of them lost loved ones.

“This golf tournament is 50 miles from ground zero,” says one man in an ad.

“It’s disgusting,” adds another woman.

Trump National Golf Club was chosen to host the men’s PGA championship this year, but the PGA of America withdrew the tournament from Trump’s club days after a violent group of his supporters took part in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the United States had attended Capitol.

Trump was asked by ESPN on Thursday how he would respond to family members of 9/11 victims who oppose the event at his club.

From left: Eric Trump, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Donald Trump pose for a photo

From left: Eric Trump, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Donald Trump pose for a photo during their Pro-Am round Thursday in Bedminster, NJ

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“Well, unfortunately, no one has gotten to the end of 9/11 as far as the lunatics who did this horrible thing to our city, our country, and the world,” he said. “So no one was really there.”

Trump then returned to singing the praises of LIV.

“But I can tell you there’s a lot of really great people out here today and we’re going to have a lot of fun and we’re going to celebrate and money goes to charity, a lot of money goes to charity,” said Trump, whose club is in Doral, Fla , will be hosting an LIV event later this year. “And you really do have the best players in the world, a lot of the best players in the world, and soon you’ll probably have them all, because remember, [when] There is a merger, the people who didn’t come will never get anything other than a thank you from the people who benefited.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-07-28/former-president-donald-trump-plays-in-pro-am-liv-golf-event Trump praises Saudi-backed LIV Golf during event at his club

Emma Bowman

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