Ju­nior isn't stay­ing out in the Open

New York Post - - NEWS - By SHAWN CO­HEN in Bedminster, NJ, and BRUCE GOLD­ING in New York

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.

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