Donald Trump shakes fingers with MBS’s private banker at Saudi LIV golfing invitational in Bedminster

Donald Trump defended web hosting the Saudi-backed LIV golfing match at his Bedminster membership on Thursday amid a backdrop of fury from 9/11 households, telling newshounds ‘nobody has gotten to the ground’ of who’s in charge for the assaults. 

Trump, scuffling with the mid-morning warmth in his signature MAGA hat and white polo blouse, teed-off on the pro-amateur tournament the place he’ll be joined later by way of his son Eric, Caitlin Jenner, Charles Barkley and professional golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson. 

He used to be noticed shaking fingers with Yasir Al Rumayyan, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s private banker at the fairway. 

When requested concerning the controversy, informed ESPN newshounds: ‘Nobody’s gotten to the ground of 9/11, sadly. And they must have.’ Fifteen of the nineteen terrorists concerned within the assault have been Saudi, together with Osama bin Laden. 

Officially, the Saudi Arabian executive has denied any involvement however america spent months investigating whether or not it had any ties to the assaults. It used to be a fruitless investigation which used to be laid naked in declassified paperwork remaining 12 months. 

The LIV collection – a brand new project introduced by way of the Saudis to take at the PGA – is splitting the arena of golfing. 

Big names had been lured clear of the PGA with profitable contracts regardless of grievance from the general public and politicians of Saudi Arabia’s monitor report. 

Trump is proven along with his excellency Yasir Al Rumayyan, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s private banker 

Trump shakes hands with Al Rumayyan at the event on Thursday. He is one of MBS's closest confidantes

Trump shakes fingers with Al Rumayyan on the tournament on Thursday. He is considered one of MBS’s closest confidantes 

Donald Trump at the LIV Invitational at Bedminster on Thursday ahead of the pro-am event chatting with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner

Donald Trump on the LIV Invitational at Bedminster on Thursday forward of the pro-am tournament chatting along with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner 

Former President Donald Trump plays in the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, NJ., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Former President Donald Trump performs within the pro-am spherical of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf match in Bedminster, NJ., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Among essentially the most appalled are the households of 9/11 sufferers who’re horrified that the development isn’t just welcome in America, however simply 50 miles from Ground Zero. 

There could also be outrage on behalf of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who used to be killed within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. 

But Trump – who used to be dumped by way of the PGA in 2021 after the Capitol insurrection – is shrugging off the scandal in change for what’s undoubtedly a good-looking payout. He has now not disclosed how a lot LIV is paying to be used of Bedminster this weekend. 

The households of 9/11 sufferers vowed to protest out of doors the membership this weekend after being left disenchanted by way of Trump’s try to make peace. 

He had considered one of his aides touch the crowd to say they have been ‘close to and costly’ to him. Brett Eagelson, the founding father of 9/11 Justice, stated the peace providing used to be of ‘little worth’

‘We’re going to make it as painful as conceivable and unenjoyable as conceivable for the ones concerned. We suppose that they want to know our emotions. 

‘I believe it units a precedent that cash will erase wrongdoing, that’s what angers me essentially the most,’ stated Matthew Bocchi, who used to be 9 when his father used to be killed within the assaults. 

Donald and Melania Trump remaining night time stepped out to a backdrop of this mounting fury to welcome golfers and tournament organizers at a Manhattan birthday celebration. 

Earlier this 12 months the PGA moved to prohibit avid gamers who take part in LIV occasions and this month the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the PGA for anticompetitive habits. 

The former President wore his signature 45 MAGA Hat on Thursday morning

The former President wore his signature 45 MAGA Hat on Thursday morning 

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump on the practice range during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump at the follow vary all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28

Former U.S. President Donald Trump plays a shot on the first hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

Former U.S. President Donald Trump plays a shot on the first hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

Former U.S. President Donald Trump performs a shot at the first hollow all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey 

A staffer shows former US President Donald J. Trump a poll comparing his popularity to former US Vice President Mike Pence during a Pro-Am tournament leading up to the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, part of the new LIV Golf Invitational Series

A staffer displays former US President Donald J. Trump a ballot evaluating his recognition to former US Vice President Mike Pence all through a Pro-Am match main as much as the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, a part of the brand new LIV Golf Invitational Series

Jared and Ivanka with their sons Theodore and Joseph at the event in Bedminster on Thursday

Jared and Ivanka with their sons Theodore and Joseph on the tournament in Bedminster on Thursday 

The family was in attendance to support Donald Trump and Eric Trump at the pro-am match

The circle of relatives used to be in attendance to enhance Donald Trump and Eric Trump on the pro-am fit 

Hailey Ostrom and Caitlyn Jenner fist bump on the first hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022

Hailey Ostrom and Caitlyn Jenner fist bump at the first hollow all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022

Hailey Ostrom looks on from the first hole

Caitlyn Jenner plays a shot on the fourth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Invitational

Hailey Ostrom appears to be like on from the primary hollow (left) and Caitlyn Jenner performs a shot at the fourth hollow all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Invitational (proper)

Former President Donald Trump sits in his golf cart during the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Former President Donald Trump sits in his golfing cart all through the pro-am spherical of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf match in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Former President Donald Trump sits in a golf cart as he watches Dustin Johnson putt during the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Former President Donald Trump sits in a golfing cart as he watches Dustin Johnson putt all through the pro-am spherical of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf match in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2022

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC interacts with former U.S. President Donald Trump on the fourth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC interacts with former U.S. President Donald Trump at the fourth hollow all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

Ian Poulter (L) of Majesticks GC pulls a club on the second hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

Ian Poulter (L) of Majesticks GC pulls a membership on the second one hollow all through the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey

Golfers stand on a practice green, during a practice round at the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, part of the new LIV Golf Invitational Series, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, USA, 27 July 2022. The tournament officially kicks off on Friday

Golfers stand on a tradition inexperienced, all through a tradition spherical on the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, a part of the brand new LIV Golf Invitational Series, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, USA, 27 July 2022. The match formally kicks off on Friday 

9/11 victims' families begged the former president to cancel the tournament earlier this month but he has rejected their plea

9/11 sufferers’ households begged the previous president to cancel the match previous this month however he has rejected their plea

The excursion, subsidized by way of Saudi Arabia, has angered members of the family of 9/11 sufferers, who’re horrified on the former president so publicly supporting the rustic which in-part funded the assaults.  

Donald Trump with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud in 2019

Donald Trump with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud in 2019

The terror mastermind, Osama bin Laden, used to be from a outstanding Saudi circle of relatives sooner than putting in place coaching camps in Afghanistan.

‘For Donald Trump, a former president of the United States to host the Saudi golfing match, lend a hand it get off the bottom 45 miles or 50 miles from Ground Zero, the place 750 New Jerseyans have been killed on that day, it’s past comprehension,’ stated Dennis McGinley, whose brother Daniel McGinley died within the assaults whilst operating at the 89th ground of the South Tower.

He informed DailyMail.com: ‘As 9/11 households we now have needed to develop thick skins over the past 21 years, however this in reality hurts. 

‘This one is in reality painful.’ 

Their staff 9/11 Justice wrote a letter to the previous president expressing their ‘deep ache and anger’ concerning the match. 

‘The proof, Mr. Trump, is extra transparent than ever. 

The Saudi country is in large part answerable for the dying of our family members and for this horrific assault on America. And you are aware of it,’ the letter learn. 

The 9/11 victims group 9/11 Justice released this ad this week shaming the golfers taking part in the series and Trump for hosting the event at his club

The 9/11 sufferers staff 9/11 Justice launched this advert this week shaming the golfers collaborating within the collection and Trump for web hosting the development at his membership

The group is urging others to  boycott the event and shame Trump for his role in it

The staff is urging others to  boycott the development and disgrace Trump for his position in it 

‘We ask for the chance to have a few of our members of the family consult with with you within the coming days to talk about our issues in individual with you and urge you to stop additional trade with the regime that used to be complicit within the homicide of our family members.’

 ‘For Donald Trump, a former president of the United States to host the Saudi golfing match, lend a hand it get off the bottom 45 miles or 50 miles from Ground Zero, the place 750 New Jerseyans have been killed on that day, it’s past comprehension

Dennis McGinley, whose brother Daniel McGinley died within the South Tower

The letter persevered: ‘It is meaningless to us, Mr. Trump, {that a} former president of the United States would solid our family members apart for private monetary achieve. 

‘We hope you’ll rethink your online business courting with the Saudi Golf League and can agree to satisfy with us.’

In a observation previous this week, the National Press Club stated: ‘We are revolted by way of the best way the Saudi-funded LIV endeavor has adopted the fist bump within the desolate tract by way of shoving themselves onto golfing classes and tv displays.

‘We name on all Americans to peer this unsavory try to decrease the grisly bone-saw assault on Washington Post opinion author Jamal Khashoggi for what it’s – an try to sweep underneath the rug a brutal state-sponsored homicide. 

‘We name on other folks of moral sense to reject this match. Do now not attend. Do now not watch it on tv. Let it fail.

‘That the match is being held at a direction owned by way of former President Trump is, if conceivable, much more revolting. 

Trump and his wife Melania are seen on Wednesday night arriving at the welcome party in Manhattan

Trump and his spouse Melania are observed on Wednesday night time arriving on the welcome birthday celebration in Manhattan

Caitlyn Jenner, herself a keen golf player, shakes hands with the former president on Wednesday night

Caitlyn Jenner, herself a willing golfing participant, shakes fingers with the previous president on Wednesday night time

A group photo shows the teams taking part in the controversial LIV event in Bedminster this weekend

A gaggle photograph displays the groups collaborating within the debatable LIV tournament in Bedminster this weekend 

Golfer Dustin Johnson with his new wife Paulina Gretzky at the Gotham Hall welcome party in New York City last night

Golfer Dustin Johnson along with his new spouse Paulina Gretzky on the Gotham Hall welcome birthday celebration in New York City remaining night time

Caitlyn Jenner, media personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, poses with an attendee during the welcome party

Darryl Strawberry, former professional baseball player, and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC pose during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster

Among the well-known faces at Wednesday night time’s birthday celebration used to be Caitlyn Jenner (proven left with some other visitor), former baseball participant Darryl Strawberry and golfer Brooks Koepka (proper) 

Donald Trump on Wednesday night speaks to golfer Dustin Johnson at a party in Manhattan to celebrate the tournament

Donald Trump on Wednesday night time speaks to golfer Dustin Johnson at a birthday celebration in Manhattan to have a good time the match

Trump chats to Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, on Wednesday during the launch party

Trump chats to Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, on Wednesday all through the release birthday celebration

Ex-NBC broadcaster David Feherty, who left his role at the network to join LIV's team

Caitlyn Jenner practising her swing

Ex-NBC broadcaster David Feherty, who left his position on the community to enroll in LIV’s staff (left) and Caitlyn Jenner (proper) training her swing 

Nelly plays all through the welcome birthday celebration for the golfers and lovers

Entertainers are seen dressed in iconic New York City costumes during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Gotham Hall

Entertainers are observed wearing iconic New York City costumes all through the welcome birthday celebration for the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Gotham Hall

Pat Perez of 4 Aces GC (left), his wife Ashley Perez and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC dance to Nelly

Pat Perez of four Aces GC (left), his spouse Ashley Perez and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC dance to Nelly

Patrick Reed of 4 Aces GC shakes hand with Dustin Johnson, with Greg Norman beside them

Patrick Reed of four Aces GC shakes hand with Dustin Johnson, with Greg Norman beside them

Johnson is welcomed to the stage by Norman

Johnson is welcomed to the level by way of Norman

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra of Fireballs GC, Carlos Ortiz of Fireballs GC, Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, Abraham Ancer of Fireballs GC and Team Captain Sergio Garcia of Fireballs GC smile on stage during the welcome party

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra of Fireballs GC, Carlos Ortiz of Fireballs GC, Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, Abraham Ancer of Fireballs GC and Team Captain Sergio Garcia of Fireballs GC smile on level all through the welcome birthday celebration

‘It reminds us that the previous President bragged of distracting Congress from the homicide, delaying the discharge of the general U.S. executive record that concluded MBS, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (and recipient of the fist-bump from President Biden) used to be perhaps inquisitive about making plans and approving Jamal’s homicide. 

‘And the match at the Trump direction reminds us how Saudi Arabia reveals tactics to individually enrich Trump and his circle of relatives – together with $2 billion to his son in legislation.’  

Trump has then again remained defiant, insisting that the LIV match is the longer term and that it’ll inevitably merge with the PGA or surpass it. 

‘All of the ones golfers that stay ‘dependable’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its other bureaucracy, can pay a large worth when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and also you get not anything however a large ‘thanks’ from PGA officers who’re making Millions of Dollars a 12 months,’ Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social on Monday morning. 

‘If you do not take the cash now, you’ll get not anything after the merger takes position, and most effective say how sensible the unique signees have been. 

‘Good success to all, and congratulations to in reality gifted Cam Smith on his implausible WIN!’ 

Saudi Arabia has for 20 years denied any involvement within the assaults, regardless that 15 of the nineteen males who hijacked and crashed 4 planes that day in New York City, Pennsylvania and on the Pentagon have been Saudi nationals.

The FBI launched paperwork from its investigation, dubbed Operation Encore, in November 2021 after Biden ordered them to be declassified.

The Bureau had explored, amongst different issues, whether or not 3 other folks together with one Saudi Embassy professional in america had complicated wisdom of the assaults. 

Golfers (L-R) Charles Howell III, Jason Kokrak, and Paul Casey talk to reporters during a press conference at the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational. Some have embraced the LIV series, claiming they need to support their families financially, while other golfers have rejected it

Golfers (L-R) Charles Howell III, Jason Kokrak, and Paul Casey communicate to newshounds all through a press convention on the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational. Some have embraced the LIV collection, claiming they want to enhance their households financially, whilst different golfers have rejected it 

A viewing room in a tent at the 18th green with the US Presidential Seal at the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, part of the new LIV Golf Invitational Series, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey

A viewing room in a tent on the 18th inexperienced with america Presidential Seal on the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational, a part of the brand new LIV Golf Invitational Series, on the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey

An previous memo launched in September detailed the numerous logistic enhance that two of the hijackers had gained as soon as inside the nation together with ‘shopping residing quarters and help with assimilating.’ 

McGinley stated 9/11 Justice has now not heard from any individual on Trump’s staff since sending the letter. 

Trump’s monitor report with the Saudi executive is sophisticated. 

In 2016, he informed FOX News that Saudi Arabia ‘blew up the World Trade Center. 

‘Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It used to be Saudis. Take a take a look at Saudi Arabia, open up the paperwork,’ he informed the community on the time. The other folks got here, most people got here from Saudi Arabia. 

‘They did not come from Iraq,’ Trump stated in 2016 on Fox News. 

But as soon as in place of work, he remained pleasant with the regime or even claimed to ‘save’ MBS’s ‘a**’ after the CIA concluded he had ordered Khashoggi’s 2018 homicide. 

Trump allegedly informed journalist Bob Woodward: ‘I stored his a**. I used to be ready to get Congress to depart him by myself. I used to be ready to forestall them.’ 

He referred to the Saudis as ‘the most important best friend’ and informed how he’d jokingly steered individuals of Congress to ‘allow them to business with Russia as a substitute’. 

Let them purchase one thousand planes from Russia as a substitute of the United States. Fellas, you’ve were given to be sensible,’ he stated. 

When Khashoggi used to be murdered and proof grew that the killing were ordered by way of the Saudi executive, Trump performed a secure hand publicly. 

He stated he used to be ‘very indignant’ that Khashoggi were killed, however  claimed ‘no person had pointed the finger’ at MBS or his regime. 

Privately, he informed Woodward: ‘He says he did not do it…he says very strongly that he didn’t do it. Bob, they spent $400 billion over a quite brief time frame.’ 

He later supported fingers offers with the dominion regardless of its proxy struggle in Yemen and refused to desert his courting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – regardless of world outrage over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  

McGinley used to be at the telephone along with his brother sooner than the airplane plowed into the tower. 

Daniel had simply moved into his ‘dream area’ in Ridgewood, New Jersey and he and his spouse Peggy have been elevating their 5 youngsters there. 

He stated his brother used to be crying at the telephone and telling him, ‘I simply need to get house to Peggy and the youngsters.’ 

‘I’ve been haunting this dialog for the remaining 21 years,’ McGinley stated. 

‘One of the golfers stated of their interviews, he is like, “Look, , we are simply looking to supply for our households.” Yeah, my brother Danny and a couple of,900 people have been simply looking to supply for his or her households as smartly. And that used to be all horrifically taken clear of them on 9/11.’ 

The LIV has thus far held two primary occasions, with its 3rd deliberate for the Bedminster match. Trump can even host the season-ending Team Championship on the Trump National Doral Miami. 

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