Former president donald trump sided with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour over what he called a “very unfair PGA” in a Monday morning article on TruthSocial.
LIV is the controversial start-up golf tour backed by millions of Saudis that led many top professional golfers to leave the PGA Tour, namely Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and many more, who received huge, guaranteed payouts for participating. Saudi Arabia has long been criticized for its poor human rights record, which recently came to light in part because of the state-sponsored killing of Washington Post writer jamal khashoggi.
In Trump’s view, golfers who stick with a “very unfair PGA” are essentially suckers, because when there is an “inevitable MERGER” with LIV, they will get nothing. Trump wrote:
All of those golfers who remain “faithful” to the very treacherous PGA, in all of its various guises, will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV arrives, and you will get nothing but a big “thank you” from the PGA officials who earn millions of dollars a year. If you don’t take the money now, you won’t get anything after the merger and only say the intelligence of the original signers. Good luck to all and congratulations to the very talented Cam Smith for his incredible WIN!
It is conceivable that the PGA and LIV will merge one day, although there is no real indication that this will happen in the foreseeable future or ever. Trump’s suggestion that the start-up tour will one day be at a level that would make it a potential PGA merger target is a very charitable portrayal and one that can only please the Saudi backers Trump has bragged with. to have a great relationship.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly received around $2 billion in cash to start his own investment portfolio.
Politics André Desiderio reports that the 9/11 families on Monday expressed their “extreme frustration and anger” at Trump in a letter – lambasting his decision to hold an LIV tournament at his Bedminster course this month.
“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 families wrote. “We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi Golf League and agree to meet with us.”
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