Donald Trump was noticed at an LIV Golf-sponsored party in New York Metropolis on Wednesday night time ahead of the league’s tournament at his New Jersey golf course that kicks off Thursday.
The previous president — carrying a swimsuit and shirt with out his signature purple tie — was seen in the gang at Midtown’s Gotham Corridor watching rapper Nelly carry out, shaking arms with Caitlyn Jenner and smiling alongside his spouse Melania Trump.
Trump joined in the festivities regardless of having his scheduled Thursday round of golf with skilled golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson in the pro-am ahead of the primary spherical of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational at his Trump Nationwide Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Johnson and his spouse Paulina Gretsky, in addition to LIV Golf Investments CEO Greg Norman, a retired pro-golfer nicknamed “The Shark”, additionally made appearances at Wednesday night time’s shindig.
LIV Golf has been muddled with controversy for its involvement with the Saudi Arabian authorities amid stories of human rights abuses in the nation. The corporate that runs the tour — which entered the skilled golf world as an alternate to the US-based PGA Tour — is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Funds.
Critics have accused Saudi Arabia of “sportswashing” its human rights atrocities via its involvement with LIV Golf and different sports activities.
Households of 9/11 victims have also bashed the circuit — particularly because the tournament shall be going down lower than 50 miles from the place the dual towers as soon as stood.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 had been from Saudi Arabia and the FBI launched tons of of pages of newly declassified paperwork final yr exploring the connection between the Saudi authorities and the terrorist assaults.
Nonetheless, Trump has dismissed human rights considerations over Saudi Arabia in current days whereas additionally blasting the PGA Tour, which has suspended gamers who compete in LIV Golf from taking part in its tournament.
“All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes,” Trump wrote on his social media platform Fact Social.
The winner of the LIV Golf Invitational Collection this week shall be awarded with $4 million from a $25 million purse.
With Put up wires