Sportscaster Bob Costas ripped former President Donald Trump on Thursday over his decision to participate in an event for the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour regardless of sharp opposition from the households of 9/11 victims.
Trump has confronted widespread criticism over his choice to host the controversial Saudi circuit’s LIV Golf Invitational at Trump Nationwide Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The previous president can also be taking part in in a pro-am event forward of the particular event.
“Some 700 plus of the victims on 9/11, 21 years ago, were from New Jersey, some of them from the Bedminster area, so the 9/11 families are very hurt about this, very upset, there will be protests outside the grounds,” Costas mentioned during an appearance on CNN forward of the event.
“But if we learned anything about Donald Trump, which it shouldn’t have taken very long to learn, is that he doesn’t care about any principle, including American democracy, or any person. He cares about nothing other than his own perceived self-interests,” Costas added.
Critics have alleged that the LIV Golf, a circuit bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, is a thinly veiled try at “sportswashing” the nation’s poor human rights file — which incorporates the 2018 assassination of Washington Publish columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump’s participation has additionally rankled the households of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist assaults, who’ve described the transfer of prime US golfers to hitch the circuit as “appalling.”
Costas mentioned Trump’s participation has an “aspect of grievance and revenge” as a result of the PGA Tour, a fierce rival of LIV Golf, nixed a event that was slated to happen at Trump’s Bedminster venue following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“He was upset because the PGA pulled out following Jan. 6 the last year, following those events, they pulled the PGA tournament from the Bedminster course,” Costas mentioned. “So this is an element of grievance on his part because, as we all know, he is, after all, ‘the most persecuted man in American history’ and he’s qualified to say that because he’s a scholar of history.”
In the meantime, Trump instructed the Wall Road Journal that he felt the uproar over Khashoggi’s loss of life has “totally died down.”
Trump’s assertion drew an incredulous response from Costas.
“What can you possibly say? People who want to believe what they want to believe will accept that. People who live in this reality will not,” Costas mentioned.