Trump incurs wrath of 9/11 families as he stages NYC party ahead of Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament

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The Saudi-backed LIV Golf International kicks off at Donald Trump's Bedminster club this weekend, despite the rage of 9/11 families and journalists who say they are 'revolted' by the former President's decision to ignore the Saudi government's dark track record of human rights abuses and links to terror in exchange for a handsome paycheck. 

Trump controversially agreed to host the event at his club after being dumped by the PGA in 2016 and again in 2021 after the Capitol riot. He has since encouraged golfers to sign up to the event, telling them to 'take the money now' and claiming that if they don't, they will miss out on a payday when the LIV series and the PGA 'inevitably' merge. 

The series has divided the world of sport and incensed critics of the Saudi regime. Among them is the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. At the time, he had been exposing the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's government for human rights abuses. 

She is joined in her outrage by The National Press Club, a society of journalists, who released a statement this week saying they were 'revolted' that the tournament is taking place on US soil.