Donald Trump attends the LIV Golf party in New York
Donald Trump attends the LIV Golf party in New York

Donald Trump attends the LIV Golf party in New York

Donald Trump was spotted at a party sponsored by LIV Golf in New York on Wednesday night ahead of the league’s tournament at his New Jersey golf course, which begins on Thursday.

The former president — wearing a suit and shirt with no red tie — was spotted in the crowd at Midtown’s Gotham Hall, watching rapper Nelly perform, shaking hands with Caitlyn Jenner and smiling alongside his wife Melania Trump.

Trump joined the festivities despite having a round of golf scheduled for Thursday with pro golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson in the pro-am ahead of this week’s first round of the LIV Golf Invitational at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster. New Jersey.

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Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretsky, as well as LIV Golf Investments CEO Greg Norman, a retired golfer nicknamed “The Shark,” made appearances at Wednesday night’s shindig.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Former US 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.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/LIV Golf via Getty Images)
Former first lady Melania Trump joined her husband at the star-studded event.
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LIV Golf has been embroiled in controversy for its involvement with the government of Saudi Arabia amid reports of human rights abuses in the country. The company that runs the tour – which entered the world of professional golf as an alternative to the US PGA Tour – is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Funds.

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Critics have accused Saudi Arabia of “sport washing” its human rights atrocities through its involvement in LIV Golf and other sports.

Families of 9/11 victims hit the circuit, especially since the tournament will be held less than 50 miles from where the Twin Towers once stood.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Former US President Donald Trump and LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman speak during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Gotham Hall on July 27, 2022 in New York City, New York York.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/LIV Golf via Getty Images)
Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, welcomed Trump to the event.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Former US President Donald Trump (2nd R), chats with team captain Dustin Johnson (L) of 4 Aces GC, while Paulina Gretzky (2nd L) and Former First Lady Melania Trump (R) looks on during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Gotham Hall on July 27, 2022 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/LIV Golf via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump chats with team captain Dustin Johnson during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational.
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Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and the FBI last year released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents exploring the link between the Saudi government and the terrorist attacks.

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However, Trump has dismissed human rights concerns about Saudi Arabia in recent days as he blasted the PGA Tour, which has suspended players who compete at LIV Golf from playing on its tour.

“All those golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA in all its various forms will pay a heavy price when the inevitable LIV RUN comes,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform.

The winner of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Series will receive $4 million of a $25 million purse.

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