Trump praised the Saudi-backed LIV Golf during an event at his club

Donald Trump loves golf but disagrees with the PGA Tour.

And he never avoided controversy.

Add it and it’s no surprise that LIV Golf The event is being held this weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, but the former president also played the Thursday before the tournament.

“Frankly, what they do for golf is just great, what they do for players is just great,” Trump. told ESPN Saudi Arabia-backed LIV during Thursday’s event. “Wages will rise exponentially. As you know, the PGA was not liked by many players for a long time. Now they have an alternative, and no one would ever know that there would be such a gold rush.”

Trump and his son Eric teamed up with LIV golfers Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who have played golf with the former president in the past. Trump wore a white polo shirt and a red “Make America Great Again” cap and drove his own cart, emblazoned with the presidential seal, and carried his red, white, and blue golf bag.

Former President Donald Trump sits in a golf cart watching Dustin Johnson hit.

Former President Donald Trump watches Dustin Johnson hit during Thursday’s pro round at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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He intimidated 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 who attended the event included Caitlyn Jenner, Charles Barkley and Lawrence Taylor.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to golfers Thursday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to golfers Thursday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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In its first year, LIV Golf was widely condemned for links to the Saudi Arabian government, which was accused of numerous human rights violations.

Relatives of those killed in September. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks prevented the tour. One group formed from family members of 9/11 victims advertising campaign criticizing Trump for hosting the LIV event so close to the site of the former World Trade Center, where many of them have lost loved ones.

“This golf tournament takes place 50 miles from Ground Zero,” says one person’s ad.

“It’s disgusting,” another woman adds.

Trump National Golf Club has been selected to host the Men’s PGA Championship this year, but the PGA of America pulled the tournament out of Trump’s club days after an aggressive group of his supporters took part on the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the US Capitol.

On Thursday, ESPN asked Trump how he would react to family members of 9/11 victims who opposed the event at his club.

Left to right: Eric Trump, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Donald Trump pose for a photograph.

From left to right: Eric Trump, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Donald Trump pose for a photo during their pro round Thursday in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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“Well, unfortunately no one got to the bottom of 9/11 as far as the maniacs who did this terrible thing to our city, our country, the world,” he said. So no one really was there.

Trump then began praising LIV again.

“But I can tell you that there are a lot of really great people here today and we are going to have a lot of fun and we are going to celebrate and the money will go to charity, a lot of money will go to charity. said Trump, whose club in Doral, Fla., will host the LIV event later this year. “And you do have the best players in the world, many of the best players in the world, and soon you will probably have them all, because remember this, [when] there is a merger, the people who didn’t come will never get anything but gratitude from the people who took advantage.”