As interest turns to subsequent week’s LIV Collection occasion at Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf course in New Jersey, the former US president has urged gamers to be part of the Saudi-backed tour even with criticism from the families of 9/11 victims.
On Sunday, 9/11 Justice, a team that advocates for victims of the 11 September terrorist assaults, sent a letter to Trump urging him to reconsider his support for the LIV tour. 9/11 survivor teams have long alleged the Saudi government was complicit in the attacks, though no definitive connection has at any time been tested.
“The Saudi country is mostly dependable for the demise of our liked types and for the horrific attack on America. And you know it,” 9/11 Justice said in the letter.
Brett Eagleson, whose father died in the attacks, instructed CNN that the FBI has lately investigated studies that Saudi officers supplied logistical aid to the 9/11 hijackers.
“The former President the right way speculated in 2016 that Saudi Arabia knocked down the towers and now the FBI has unveiled the paperwork to confirm him correct,” Eagleson told CNN, “yet he is picking out cash around The united states. So a lot for The usa Very first. A sad working day.”
Even so, on Monday Trump urged golfers to join the LIV Sequence.
“All of all those golfers that keep on being ‘loyal’ to the incredibly disloyal PGA, in all of its distinctive kinds, will pay a significant price tag when the inescapable MERGER with LIV arrives, and you get nothing but a significant ‘thank you’ from PGA officials who are producing Millions of Dollars a 12 months,” Trump wrote on Fact Social. “If you don’t just take the cash now, you will get absolutely nothing after the merger requires spot, and only say how smart the first signees ended up.”
A civil war has broken out in golfing amongst players faithful to the PGA Tour and the LIV Series, which is giving huge hard cash incentives and prize funds to all those ready to sign up for. The breakaway league has been called a sportswashing exercising for a Saudi routine accused of a host of human legal rights violations. When significant-profile golfers these kinds of as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have been critical of the LIV Series, key champions this sort of as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia have signed up for the league.
Trump has his personal concerns with golf’s classic powers. Final 12 months, in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters, the PGA of The usa reversed its decision to perform the 2022 PGA Championship at Bedminster. Trump’s program at Turnberry is Scotland is also no extended on the rotation to host the Open.
Eagleson noted that Bedminster is found “in the yard of where by 750 New Jersey people have been murdered [in the 9/11 attacks].”
In reaction to 9/11 Justice’s letter, the LIV Series reported in a statement that “these households have our deepest sympathy. While some may possibly not concur, we feel golfing is a force for great around the entire world.”