Trump defends hosting Riyadh-backed golf lathe despite complaints from 9/11 victims’ families

Former U.S. President Donald Trump. – Jefferee Woo/Tampa Bay Times via / DPA

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has defended the hosting of a Saudi-backed golf tournament is his club in New Jersey and stressed that «unfortunately, no one has gotten to the bottom of 9/11,» amid calls from relatives of the victims of the attack to cancel the event.

«Unfortunately, no one has gotten to the bottom of 9/11, and they should have, because of maniacs doing that horrible thing to our city, our country and the world,» he has maintained. «No one has gotten to that, but I can tell you there are great people here and we’re going to have a good time and celebrate,» he has added.

«I’ve known these people for a long time in Saudi Arabia. They’ve been friends of mine for a long time. They’ve invested in a lot of American companies, they own large percentages in a lot of American companies,» he told ESPN.

Thus, he stressed that «what they are doing for golf and players is important» and argued that «salaries are going to increase», while adding that «many players often do not like the PGA Tour», the main U.S. men’s professional golf circuit.

Relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks have criticized Trump for hosting the tournament, which will be held this weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

«The evidence, Mr. Trump, is clearer than ever. The Saudi nation is largely responsible for the deaths of our loved ones and this horrific attack on the United States, and it knows it,» the 9/11 Justice organization has said.

Finally, it has recalled that during a February 2016 interview with the Fox network, Trump himself pointed to Riyadh’s role in organizing the attacks and called for documents to be released. «The documents, Mr. Trump, are open, as you requested, and they reveal that apparently you knew all along. Saudi Arabia materially supported the planning and execution of those attacks,» he has remonstrated.

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