When Donald Trump was in office, the Saudis had no problem murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Trump White House refused to condemn the actions. In fact, it has been reported that Jared Kushner contacted the Saudi Crown Prince with tips on how to deal with the fallout.
In an effort to ‘sportswash’ their image, the Saudi government has created a new golf tour. They have been able to lure some of the world’s best players by paying them obscene amounts of cash.
The families of 9/11 have been critical of the LIV Golf Tour, noting that 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists were Saudi Arabian. Donald Trump playing in a LIV event Thursday, attempted to deflect the criticism, claiming that “no one has gotten to the bottom of 9/11.”
The former President told ESPN, “Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately. But I can tell you that there are a lot of really great people that are out here today, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun, and we’re going to celebrate. Money’s going to charity—a lot of money’s going to charity.”
"Well, nobody's gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately, and they should have, as to the maniacs that did that horrible thing …"
— Donald Trump when asked about criticism he's received from 9/11 families for hosting the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour at his club pic.twitter.com/CWrOr3B5VP
— The Recount (@therecount) July 28, 2022
Terry Strada, from 9/11 Families United, told ABC News, “We’re very disappointed in the players. We’ve tried to point out to them, I wrote them a letter when this all began. We are in the courtrooms with a lawsuit against the kingdom. The kingdom actually provided the support network that was needed for the first arriving hijackers and most likely all of them to set up what they needed to plan, practice and carry out the attacks.”
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