Junior isn't staying out in the Open
It was a family affair Sunday at President Trump’s country club in Bedminster, NJ — with the notable exception of his embattled eldest son.
Trump watched the final round of the US Women’s Open golf tournament from a high-security tent with son Eric and his wife, Lara.
First Lady Melania Trump and her father, Viktor Knavs, joined them late in the afternoon, followed by daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner and their kids.
But Donald Trump Jr. was a no-show amid continuing con- troversy over his Trump Tower meeting last year with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer.
“If I were Don Jr., I wouldn’t come here either with all the attention he’s getting,” one club member said.
Last week, e-mails revealed that Trump Jr., Kushner and then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort attended the meeting on the promise of getting political dirt on presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump defended his son in a morning tweet, writing, “HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?”
Later, he live-tweeted some of the action on the links, writing: “I am at the @USGA #USWomensOpen. An amateur player is co-leading for the first time in many decades — very exciting!”
Amateur Hye-Jin Choi wound up losing to rookie Sung Hyun Park by two strokes, and Trump — who was wearing his trademark “Make America Great Again” hat — disappointed many in the crowd by leaving without presenting the silver trophy cup.
Trump’s elevated viewing stand, overlooking the 15th and 18th greens, was festooned with star-spangled bunting and equipped with two walls of bullet-proof glass.
SWING & AMISS: President Trump arrives Sunday at the US Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ, without his embattled son, Donald Jr.