Relatives of the people killed on September 11th are urging former President Donald J. Trump to cancel the Saudi-backed golf tournament scheduled for this month at Trump National Golf Club in Minster, New Jersey.
In a letter dated Sunday, members of the 9/11 Justice Group requested to meet Mr. Trump and urged him not to host the scheduled event From 29 to 31 JulyNoting that Mr. Trump blamed Saudi Arabia for the attack.
“We simply cannot understand how you can agree to accept money from the golf league in Saudi Arabia to host the tournament on your golf course, and do so in the shadows of Ground Zero in New Jersey, which lost more than 700 people during the attacks,” they wrote in the letter.
“It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would step down from our loved ones for personal financial gain,” they wrote to Mr Trump, who is expected to run for president again in 2024. Your business relationship is with the Saudi Golf League and you will agree to meet us.”
In the letter, the group noted that Mr. Trump told Fox News in February 2016: “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 say: Most of the people came from Saudi Arabia. They did not come from Iraq.”
On Sunday night, Brett Eggelson, the head of 9/11 justice, said he emailed the letter to a Trump aide in the afternoon and did not receive a response.
Eagleson, who was 15 when his father died on September 11, said the risks here are clear. He said in an interview that he would allow the Saudis to get away with being killed if they were allowed to continue in the golf tournament.
“It just sends the message that if it’s the right amount of money, you can make people forget anything,” he said, adding, “If anyone knows the extent of the Saudi role in 9/11, it’s Trump.”
Messages left at Mr Trump’s club in Bedminster, and with Mr Trump’s spokesman, were not immediately answered.
Golf league sponsored by Saudi Arabia Part of the campaign of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernize the Kingdom’s image in the eyes of the world.
The man who defeated Mr. Trump in 2020, President Biden, did so recently face criticism for his special relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Last week during a trip to the Middle East, Biden caught the grip of Prince Mohammed, whom the CIA has found responsible for the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr. Biden said he addressed Prince Mohammed over the killing during a closed meeting with him; Saudi officials contradicted his account.