Trump rejects 9/11 families’ call for the golf event to be canceled
Ignoring criticism from survivors and families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former President Donald Trump is actively promoting the new Saudi-backed golf league.
The LIV Golf Invitational will be held July 29-31 at Trump’s Bedminster Course.
Group 9/11 justice sent a letter to the former president asking him to cancel the event.
“We just cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Golf League to host their tournament on your golf course in the shadow of Ground Zero in New Jersey which lost over 700 residents playing golf has attacks,” the letter says. The New York Times reported on the content of the letter for the first time on Sunday.
Trump has long stated that he believes Saudi Arabia was behind the terrorist attacks. “Who blew up the World Trade Center,” Trump told Fox News in 2016, “Look at Saudi Arabia.”
Trump’s companies are promoting July’s LIV Golf event on Twitter. Trump is still personally banned from Twitter but has posted his support for the new Saudi-backed league and criticism of the PGA on his own social media platform.
“All of these golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA in all its various forms,” Trump wrote, “will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you will receive nothing but a big ‘thank you’.” They” from PGA officials making millions of dollars a year.”
The PGA has canceled an event on Trump’s course in Bedminster following the January 6 riot in the US Capitol.
Some of the biggest names in golf have signed up for the controversial LIV golf series, including Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson was asked if he could play at Bedminster despite concerns from 9/11 families.
“I would say to anyone who lost loved ones to 9/11, lost friends,” Mickelson said, “I have a deep, deep sympathy for them,” but he didn’t go directly to the letter or the criticism of the league one.
The 9/11 Justice members hoped to meet with Trump to discuss their concerns and urge him to sever all ties with the Saudi kingdom.
“It is incomprehensible to us, Mr. Trump, that a former President of the United States would push our loved ones aside for personal financial reasons,” they wrote.
As of this writing, they have received no reply to their letter.
Eric Scott is Senior Political Director and Moderator for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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