Trump spotted at LIV Golf party before tee time with the pros

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Former President Donald Trump was seen at a LIV Golf-sponsored party in New York City on Wednesday night ahead of the tournament kickoff at his New Jersey golf course.

Trump also has a scheduled tee time with professional golfers Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open winner, and Dustin Johnson, a two-time major winner, during the pro-am on Thursday before the first round of the LIV Golf Invitational at Trump National Golf Course Bedminster in New Jersey.

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Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump arrive at the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational — Bedminster at Gotham Hall on July 27, 2022, in New York, New York.

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Trump’s son Eric will join in on Thursday’s pro-am, which will be played without spectators, according to CNN.

The event is slated to commence Friday and last through Sunday, featuring golf stars such as Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Reed.

Trump has downplayed backlash to hosting the golf event despite families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks criticizing him for supporting the tournament that has received a slew of funding from Saudi Arabia‘s sovereign wealth fund, believing the oil-rich nation had ties to the attackers.

“I don’t know much about the 9/11 families. I don’t know what is the relationship to this and their very strong feelings, and I can understand their feelings,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “I can’t really comment on that because I don’t know exactly what they’re saying and what they’re saying, who did what.”

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Others have pointed to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, including the slaying of former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, which U.S. intelligence concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was likely involved in.

The LIV Golf tournament, fueled by Saudi cash, has poached several high-profile prospects previously affiliated with the rival PGA Tour. Buoyed by public interest in its tournament, LIV announced an expanded 2023 schedule.