9/11 families slam Trump for hosting Saudi-funded LIV golf tournament

Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S. on July 7, 2021.

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Families and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have slammed former President Donald Trump for hosting an upcoming tournament for the Saudi-funded LIV golf league at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ

The 9/11 Justice group, in a letter dated Sunday, expressed “deep pain and anger” over Trump’s decision to host the tournament. The letter also highlighted a number of moments in which the former president blamed Saudi Arabia for the attacks, which killed 2,977 people in 2001.

“It is incomprehensible to us, Mr. Trump, that a former President of the United States would reject our loved ones for personal financial gain,” the group wrote.

Fifteen of the 19 9/11 attackers were Saudi citizens, and terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was born in the country. The Saudi government has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks.

A receptionist at Trump National in Bedminster declined to comment on the 9/11 justice letter. LIV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump himself tore up the PGA Tour in a post on his social network, Truth Social, on Monday, but didn’t mention anything about the 9/11 families’ response. The Bedminster course will host its LIV tournament from July 29-31. Trump’s course in Miami is set to host a LIV championship tournament in late October.

The LIV league has been making waves in the world of sports and geopolitics, as big names like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau signed for massive paydays.

The PGA Tour has suspended players who joined LIV. In turn, the US Department of Justice would investigate the Tour for potentially anti-competitive behavior against LIV.

The LIV tournament is not the first Saudi venture linked to Trump. According to the New York Timeshis son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner secured a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund for his private equity firm.

9/11 Justice previously protested the LIV tournament held at the Pumpkin Ridge course in Portland, Oregon. Other tournaments in the United States are planned for the fall in Boston, Chicago, culminating in a team championship held at Trump’s Doral course in Miami.

The letter to Trump follows another he sent to President Joe Biden on the eve of his trip to Saudi Arabia, asking the president to hold the Saudi government responsible for the attacks.

Biden has been criticized for his perceived insensitivity to these tensions with the Saudi government. The president met the Saudi crown prince with a fist bump amid a vocal plea from families and 9/11 victims and supporters of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.