Despite the fact that President Joe Biden just returned from Saudi Arabia for the sole reason of begging them for the release of more oil, the relatives of people who died during the Sept. 11 2001 attacks are hurling criticism at former president Donald J. Trump for hosting a set of Saudi-backed golf tournaments at his personally owned golf courses throughout the United States.
The family members, which are part of a group known as 9/11 Justice, wrote a letter to Trump on Sunday that requested a meeting. They pressured him not to host the event this month that is planned to be at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey and another in October at Trump National Doral Miami, claiming that he has blamed Saudi Arabia previously for the terror attack that resulted in over 3,000 deaths.
“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of ground zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” stated 9/11 Justice via their letter.
“It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain. We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us,” explained the group.
The group also claimed that back in February of 2016, Trump stated:”Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It was Saudi. Take a look at Saudi Arabia.” he went on to state, “The people came, most of the people came from Saudi Arabia. They didn’t come from Iraq,” 9/11 Justice noted.
The president of 9/11 Justice whose father died in the terror attacks when he was just 15, Brett Eagleson, stated to The New York Times that he sent the letter to an aide for Trump. He claimed that Trump hosting the events at his courses is “allowing the Saudis to literally get away with murder if this golf tournament is allowed to proceed.”
“It just sends a message that with the right amount of money, you can make people forget about anything,” he stated to The Times, adding, “If anyone knows the extent of the Saudi role in 9/11, it’s Trump.”
In a seemingly ironic twist, Biden had just made his way back from Saudi Arabia when the group chose to send its angry letter to Trump. As part of Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which included a stop in Israel, Biden was slammed with some heavy criticism for giving Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly was responsible for the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, a fist-bump.