Trump criticizes PGA Tour, says ‘Saudis have done a fantastic job’ with LIV

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Business

Former President Donald Trump stands on the 18th green during the Pro-Am tournament before the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral, Oct. 27, 2022.Jasen Vinlove | USA Today Sports | ReutersDonald Trump on Thursday again praised Saudi-backed golf venture LIV, which is in the middle of a political and legal battle with the PGA Tour and other American golf interests.The former president’s Doral club in South Florida is hosting LIV events this week.”It’s big time and it’s big-time money. It’s unlimited money. They love golf and the Saudis have done a fantastic job,” Trump said following a pro-am round, according to Golf Channel. “It’s different, the enthusiasm.” He also criticized the PGA Tour.The former president has hosted PGA Tour tournaments in the past, but the Tour pulled its event from his Trump National Doral Miami course in 2017 and pulled the 2022 PGA Championship from Trump Bedminster in New Jersey following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.Now, LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment fund, has taken to Trump properties. The deep-pocketed league hosted a tournament at Trump Bedminster in July, despite condemnation from the families of 9/11 victims, and it will host its championship at Trump National Doral Miami starting Friday.Trump’s connection with Saudi Arabia goes beyond his admiration and business relationship with LIV Golf. As president, he said the U.S. stood with the Kingdom despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi royal family.Meanwhile, Golfweek reported that LIV Golf was leaning on Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law whose investment firm …

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