Donald Trump attends the LIV Golf party in New York

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

The former president – dressed in a suit and shirt without his signature red tie – was seen in the crowd at Gotham Hall in Midtown watching rapper Nelly perform, shaking hands with Caitlyn Jenner and smiling alongside his wife Melania Trump.

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

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

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 his involvement with the Saudi government amid reports of human rights abuses in the country. The company that organizes the tour – which entered the world of professional golf as an alternative to the US-based PGA Tour – is financed by Saudi Arabia’s state investment funds.

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

Families of 9/11 victims have also criticized the circuit, especially as the tournament will be held less than 80km from where the Twin Towers once stood.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf speak 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)
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), talks to 4 Aces GC team captain Dustin Johnson (L) as Paulina Gretzky (2nd L) looks on and former First Lady Melania Trump (R) at the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster Welcome Party 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 at the LIV Golf Invitational welcome party.
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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 terror attacks.

Nonetheless, Trump has dismissed human rights concerns over Saudi Arabia in recent days while lambasting the PGA Tour for suspending players who compete at LIV Golf from playing at its tournament.

“All of those golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the highly disloyal PGA, in all of its various guises, will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV arrives,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform.

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

With post wires

New York Post

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