Trump Tells Protesters Ahead of LIV Event at Bedminster that 9/11 Is Near and Dear to Him

A protest by over a hundred family members and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is heading to Trump’s New Jersey Bedminster golf club on Friday, the site of a Saudi Arabia-backed golf event this coming weekend.

Brett Eagleson, a founder of the group 9/11 Justice, said a representative of Donald Trump has responded to a letter the group sent relaying its “deep pain and anger” over TFG’s decision to host two different LIV golf events.

The letter to Trump pointed out that he himself blamed Saudi Arabia for the attack in a 2016 Fox News interview.

According to Eagleson, the Trump representative said Trump had read their letter, and told Eagleson “9/11 is really near and dear to him and it’s so important to him he is going to remember everyone who signed the letter and he personally told this individual to reach out.”

“My response is, if it was so important to him why did he tell you to call me, why didn’t he call himself?” he added. “[The aide] just kept repeating the same talking points, one being that the contract is binding and there is no way out of it. And when I pressed on when [the contract] was signed, she said she didn’t know and just continued to say that the President was flattered with the letter, which was a weird thing to say, since it was not a very flattering letter. It called him a hypocrite essentially.”

  • The LIV tour is backed by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund that is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Bedminster is the next site of the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV golf series, which has started a civil golf war with the PGA — who has suspended golfers from PGA tour events for their participation with LIV.
  • Pro golfer Greg Norman, as well as top players Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are reportedly accepting signing bonuses of $200 million from LIV. 

“We can’t imagine that the president, knowing what he knows and with his history on this, would host and facilitate the Saudi government have this tournament literally 50 miles from ground zero in a state where 750 were murdered,” said Eagleson.

“The former President correctly speculated in 2016 that Saudi Arabia knocked down the towers and now the FBI has released the documents to prove him right,” Eagleson told CNN, “yet he is choosing money over America. So much for America First. A sad day.”

Politico, CNN