Former President Donald Trump on Thursday defended internet hosting a Saudi-funded event at his golf class in Bedminster, New Jersey, by casting doubt on any link among Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist assaults.
Requested to answer to harsh criticism from family members of Sept. 11 victims who are urging Americans to protest the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament, Trump suggested there was even now uncertainty surrounding the attacks.
“Well, nobody’s gotten to the base of 9/11, unfortunately, and they really should have,” Trump said.
The group 9/11 Justice released a 30-next ad this 7 days rebuking the match for remaining held “50 miles from Ground Zero” and accusing golfers taking part in the contest of accepting “blood income.”
The group has also highlighted an visual appearance Trump manufactured on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in 2016, when he acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s job in the 9/11 assaults and said documents supporting that conclusion should be publicly disclosed.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001, ended up Saudi nationals. A document declassified by the FBI previous 12 months detailed contacts the hijackers experienced with Saudi associates in the U.S.
The earlier 9/11 Commission report did not discover proof that Saudi leaders have been complicit in the assaults, but it did say Saudi nationals performed vital roles in funding Al Qaeda. The Saudi government has extensive denied obtaining experienced any part in the attacks.
The tournament is the tour’s very first contest on U.S. soil. Trump has rebuffed calls by protesters to cancel the party.
“I have recognised these people for a long time in Saudi Arabia, and they’ve been close friends of mine for a lengthy time,” Trump reported Thursday. “Several American organizations, they own big percentages of numerous American firms, and frankly what they’re accomplishing for golf is so terrific.”