9/11 families urge Trump to cancel LIV Golf event at his club

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Relatives of 9/11 victims have urged Donald Trump to cancel an LIV golf tournament scheduled for the end of this month at the former president’s Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ

Members of the 9/11 Justice group asked to meet with Trump in a letter dated Sunday and noted that he had previously accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for the terror attack. The tournament, part of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, will take place from July 29-31. The season finale of the LIV Tour is scheduled for late October at the Trump Doral in Florida.

“We just cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Golf League to hold their tournament on your golf course, and do it in the shadow of Ground Zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” the group wrote in a letter obtained by The Post.

“It is incomprehensible to us that a former President of the United States would reject our loved ones for personal financial gain,” the group’s letter continues. “We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi Golf League and agree to meet with us.”

Requests for comment sent to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster and a Trump spokesperson were not immediately returned.

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The upcoming presence of LIV Golf is particularly distressing for some northern New Jersey residents.

“We’ve had to develop tough skin over the past 20 years, but it’s cruel and callous,” Dennis McGinley of Haworth, NJ, whose brother, Daniel, died in the attack, says NorthJersey.com. “Forget it’s not presidential,” he said of Trump. “It’s so hurtful to the 9/11 community.”

As a presidential candidate, Trump had raised the issue of Saudi involvement in the attacks. The letter referenced a 2016 Fox News interview in which Trump asked, “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It was Saudi. Take a look at Saudi Arabia. He added: “People came, most people were from Saudi Arabia. They weren’t from Iraq.

More than 20 years after the attacks, the arrival of LIV Golf still reveals a US-Saudi relationship that remains complicated. President Biden visited the country last week and met with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince who is trying to restore the kingdom’s global image and the man who the CIA says ordered the murder of the journalist from the Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi.

In a letter to Biden dated Sunday, the 9-11 Families United group asked to meet with the president and wrote, “It pains us to say this but you are the first president since the September 11 attacks who has not not met families and survivors. Yet you have just traveled halfway around the world to punch Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed vin Salman, where he had the nerve to lecture you on human rights and ‘values’ . ”

LIV Golf is backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the financial arm of the Saudi government. A number of popular golfers, such as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to name just two, have joined, eager to align themselves with a regime seeking to publicly rehabilitate its image in light of its terrible record on human rights in exchange for a huge salary.

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