Donald Trump is urging Cam Smith and other top golfers to abandon the ‘very disloyal’ PGA Tour and join the Rebels’ Saudi Arabia-backed LIV competition – as Aussie will make $132m for the move
- The former POTUS congratulated Smith on his British Open win
- He posted a message on his own social media network saying he should join LIV
- Trump said “smart” golfers would make the leap before an eventual merger
- He has not responded to calls from family members of 911 victims protesting his involvement in LIV and accepting funding from the Saudi government
It comes as family members of the victims to the horror 9/11 Attacks in New York and Washington have prompted the ex-POTUS to end his support for the Saudi-backed Rebel League, only for their calls to fall on deaf ears.
Smith could earn a $132 million payday if he signs up with LIV Golf this week as expected
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster is slated to be the venue for the next LIV golf competition to be held July 29-31.
The Trump National Course in Doral, Florida has also been confirmed for an October LIV competition.
By then, a host of new players are expected to be signed by the Rebel Tour as the PGA Tour’s Majors season concludes.
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster will be the next venue for the LIV golf competition
The new signings are reportedly likely to include Australians Cam Smith, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, with Smith expected to sign a deal worth $132m following his exploits at the British Open.
Trump took to his Truth Social platform this week to urge Smith and other top golfers to join LIV now or risk missing out altogether.
“All of these golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA in all its various forms will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you will receive nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from the PGA officials who Make millions of dollars a year,” Trump wrote.
“If you don’t take the money now, you won’t get anything after the merger, just saying how smart the original signers were,” he added.
Meanwhile, a group of family members of 9/11 victims have written an open letter to the former president, urging him to end his involvement in the Saudi-backed contest.
Families of 9/11 victims have urged Trump to stop supporting the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV golf competition
Of the 15 men involved in 9/11, 11 were Saudi nationals.
“We just cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Golf League to host their tournament on your golf course in the shadow of Ground Zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the year has attacks,” the group wrote in their letter.
“It is difficult for us to express the extreme pain, frustration and anger this upcoming tournament in Bedminster is causing our community…we cannot understand that a former President of the United States would push our loved ones aside for personal financial gain.” “