Donald Trump Urged by 9/11 Families to Cancel Saudi-Backed LIV Golf Event

LIV Golf's second U.S. tournament is scheduled for the end of July at the former president's Bedminster course in New Jersey

A sign is seen at an entrance to the Trump National Golf Club
Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey will be very busy at the end of July.
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With the controversial LIV Golf Series set to hold its second event in the United States at the end of the month, families of 9/11 victims are urging former President Donald Trump to prevent the tour from playing at his Bedminster course in New Jersey.

The event, which is set to take place from July 29 to 31 at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, is being protested by members of the group 9/11 Justice. On Sunday, the group sent Trump a letter, according to The New York Times.

“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of ground zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” the letter reads. “It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain. We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us.”

Trump, who is expected to run for president again in 2024, did not directly respond to the letter, and it seems very likely the tournament will take place at the end of the month as planned based on a post he made on Truth Social in support of LIV.

“All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year,” he wrote. “If you don’t take the money now, you will get nothing after the merger takes place, and only say how smart the original signees were. Good luck to all, and congratulations to really talented Cam Smith on his incredible WIN!”

In addition to seeing what 9/11 Justice and similar groups do when that takes place, it will be interesting to watch who plays in the LIV Golf event.

One extremely hot rumor is that the aforementioned Cameron Smith, who won The Open Championship on Sunday, will be departing from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. Per Colt Knost, a former PGA golfer who now hosts a SiriusXM Radio show and podcast, Smith has about 90 million reasons to make the jump from one tour to the other.

If Smith does make the move, expect the LIV event at the end of the month to face even more scrutiny.

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