A New York golf course run by former President Trump’s company will host a Saudi-backed women’s golf tournament in October, according to The New York Times.
The Times reported that the tournament, part of the Aramco Team Series, will be held at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. A city official told The Times that the administration of Mayor Eric Adams (D) had approved the venue to host the event.
Another official told The Times that the city could not “unreasonably deny approval” of the event based on the city’s contract with the Trump Organization.
This will be the second Saudi government-backed golf tournament to be held at a Trump-run golf club after Trump’s National Golf Club Bedminster hosted an LIV Golf Tournament event last month.
Families of 9/11 victims have criticized Trump’s decision to host the event last month, pointing to his past remarks accusing Saudi Arabia of playing a role in the attacks. The majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens, but the government has denied any knowledge of or involvement in the attacks.
The Saudi government’s involvement in the golf league has been seen by some critics as an attempt on their part to eclipse the alleged human rights abuses the regime has overseen.
The LIV Golf and Aramco Team Series leagues are both financially supported by the Saudi government, but are officially separate.
Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) decided to cancel the city’s contract with the Bronx Golf Club last year after the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising. The Trump Organization has responded with a lawsuit last June, claiming the decision was politically motivated.
The Hill has contacted Trump Golf Links and the Aramco Team Series for comment.