The Washington Post

Families urge Trump to cancel LIV event

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Relatives of Sept. 11 victims urged Donald Trump to cancel a LIV Golf tournament scheduled for the end of this month at the former president’s Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N. J.

Members of the 9/11 Justice group requested a meeting with Trump in a letter dated Sunday and noted that he has previously blamed Saudi Arabia for the terrorist attack. The tournament, part of the Saudi-financed LIV Golf series, is set for July 29-31. The finale of the LIV tour’s season is set for late October at Trump Doral in Florida.

“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of Ground Zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” the group wrote in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

“It is incomprehe­nsible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain,” the group’s letter continued. “We hope you will reconsider your business relationsh­ip with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us.”

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

LIV Golf is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the financial arm of the Saudi government.

— Cindy Boren

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