Former President Donald Trump appears to be a fan of the LIV International Golf Series, a new tour backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund as a competitor to the PGA Tour.
“I think the LIV method was good for Saudi Arabia, for the image of Saudi Arabia,” the former president reportedly said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “I think it would be a great investment from that perspective, and it’s more valuable than a lot of other things because you can’t buy that, even for billions of dollars.”
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Trump’s endorsement of the LIV comes days before the tour’s next event, which, not coincidentally, is scheduled to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. This is one of two LIV events taking place at this year’s Trump cycle.
“ I can say that from Khashoggi’s point of view, the situation has calmed down a lot. It really seems to have completely disappeared.“
Many have criticized golfers and Trump for their involvement in the Leaf Organization, citing US allegations of human rights abuses and restriction of freedom against the Riyadh regime, including, most dramatically, the murder and dismemberment of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I can tell that from Khashoggi’s point of view, the situation has calmed down a lot,” Trump said. “It seems that he has completely disappeared.”
“No one has asked me that question for months,” Trump continued, referring to the death of the Saudi citizen and Washington Post writer at a Saudi consular facility in Turkey.
Excerpt from the archive (June 2019): Trump calls the Saudi crown prince a ‘friend’ and is silent about Khashoggi’s killing
Also (February 2021): Biden publishes US intelligence findings regarding the Saudi leadership’s role in the Khashoggi murder, which the Trump administration has kept secret
According to the State Department, in recent years alone, Saudi Arabia has been accused of a series of human rights violations, including unlawful killings. executions for nonviolent crimes; enforced disappearance; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees by government officials; harsh and deadly conditions of detention; arbitrary arrest and detention; and taking political prisoners and detainees, among other crimes.
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Trump was asked about a group of 9/11 families who sent him a letter asking him to “reconsider” hosting the LIV event in New Jersey.
“I don’t know much about the 9/11 families. He reportedly replied. “I can’t really comment on that because I don’t know exactly what they say, what they say who did what.”
Excerpt from the archive (January 2021): The PGA cites risks to its brand by canceling the contract to host an event in the Trump cycle
Earlier in July, Trump wrote in the Truth Social that professional golfers would “pay a heavy price” if they did not join the LIV series. Some longtime PGA Tour members defected to LIV Golf, earning amazing payouts.
Phil Mickelson was reportedly offered $200 million to play in the league, and Dustin Johnson was said to have been offered $150 million, and that money would go to golfers just to participate. Tournament earnings for LIV events will increase their earnings.
Former pro Greg Norman is credited with coming up with the idea decades ago to challenge the mighty PGA Tour, Gold Digest reported, and was later named general manager of LIV. The league consists of eight tournaments including seven regular season tournaments and a team event in October. The events will take place on golf courses near Boston, Chicago and Miami – one event has already been held in Portland, Oregon – and internationally in Thailand and Saudi Arabia.
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The event at Trump National Golf Club beginning July 29 and the season finale beginning October 27 will be hosted by the Trump National Doral in the Miami area.