Trump has attacked PGA golfers and backed their Saudi-funded rival, escalating a row from when a Trump site was abandoned after Jan. 6

President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

  • Donald Trump has urged PGA players to join the Saudi-funded LIV, which his station hosts.

  • LIV caused a major disruption in golf when it launched, and Trump sided with LIV on the PGA.

  • The PGA canceled a tournament at a Trump complex after the Capitol riot.

In a message, former President Donald Trump urged golf professionals to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational series, which he is hosting at his Bedminster resort.

The message deepened a feud between Trump and the PGA, which reached an earlier low when the golf body stripped Trump’s course of a prestigious championship following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump made the plea to PGA in a post on his Truth Social site.

“All of those golfers who remain ‘faithful’ to the very treacherous PGA, in all its various guises, will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV arrives, and you’ll get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ PGA officials who earn millions of dollars a year,” wrote Trump.

“If you don’t take the money now, you won’t get anything after the merger and you will only tell the intelligence of the original signatories,” he predicted.

Trump’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, is set to host the LIV tournament from July 29-31, with his Trump Doral resort in Florida to host the finals in October.

Families of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks said that Trump is not expected to host the tournament, alleging links between some of the terrorists behind the attack and Saudi officials.

They pointed to the ties Trump has made in the past between Saudi Arabia and the attackers. The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement.

The PGA has suspended players participating in LIVamid accusations that Saudi Arabia was using the glitzy tournament to clear his reputation after the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Trump’s attacks on the PGA escalate a feud he’s had with the organization since January 2021, when PGA leaders canceled a tournament which was to be held in Bedminster during the Capitol Riot.

The Trump Organization accused the PGA out of its contract with Bedminster, and the parties reached a settlement in November 2021.

During his tenure, Trump drew frequent criticism over the alleged entanglement of his business interests and political career.

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Michael C. Ford