If Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner didn’t agree with former President Trump about his election lies and attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, they didn’t show it Thursday when they joined him on the New Jersey golf course as the controversial inauguration opened not. The LIV Golf Invitational Series is sponsored by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
After Trump yelled for the cameras, he received a standing ovation from golf stars Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambero, with whom he and son Eric Trump played Thursday. This was reported by the Washington Post. An embarrassed Trump also addressed a group of onlookers, including his eldest daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared, saying: “I’m glad it’s over.”
The sight of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner cheering for Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster comes at a difficult time for the trio. On Tuesday, it was reported that the 45th president is being investigated by the US Department of Justice for his actions related to the January 6 uprising. This was reported by the Washington Post. The newspaper said the probe was part of a criminal probe into efforts to nullify the 2020 election.
In the past two months, The New York Times and The Washington Post have also reported on the “conflict” between Trump and two of his former top advisers in the White House.
In their testimony before the House Committee on Investigations, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner tried to distance themselves from Trump’s baseless allegations of fraud and his efforts to nullify the 2020 election, the Washington Post said. Ivanka Trump also said she repeatedly tried to persuade her father to make a statement or video calling on his supporters to stop the attack.
Trump rejected his daughter’s testimony. He posted on his social platform The Truth: “Ivanka Trump was not involved in the consideration or investigation of the election results. I left a long time ago.”
There was no sign of a rift between the three on Thursday. In fact, their scene together is reminiscent of all the times Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were at Trump’s side when he served as president from 2017 to 2021.
The two joined Trump privately when he traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2017, as part of his first foreign trip as president. During the visit, Trump and his son-in-law laid the groundwork for relations with the Saudis that will continue throughout his presidency. And, as the New York Times reported, before President Biden’s visit to the kingdom earlier this month.
Five years after the Saudis fully embraced Trump during his 2017 visit, his family’s continued business relationship with the kingdom’s government continues to be criticized, the New York Times reports.
Trump’s decision to host the event angered several groups, including 9/11 Justice, which represents families of people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and journalists from the National Press Club, which is angry about Saudi- Arabia’s human rights record. Rights violations. And the 2018 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
A US intelligence report released in 2021 found that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, approved the assassination of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. While Trump was president, Kushner reportedly became close to bin Salman and was in frequent contact with him via WhatsApp, Vanity Fair reports. Kushner also urged his son-in-law to stand by the prince and insist that the furor over Khashoggi’s murder would finally end. This is what the New York Times reported.
This weekend’s tournament successfully injected money from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, but it appears to be seen as a worthwhile investment if positive publicity from the event can help “clean up” the kingdom’s reputation. That’s what The New York Times reported… Trump and his golf course should be well compensated for hosting this LIV tournament and another in October at Miami Golf Course.
The Washington Post said Trump declined to answer reporters’ questions about how much he and the Trump family are paid.
Trump acknowledged that the Saudis were “very generous” but insisted that he did not offer the opportunity for the money. “I do it because I think it’s great for golf.”
The New York Times reported that Brent Eggelson, the head of 9/11 justice, had a different view of the Trump family’s motives. The organization has raised questions about whether Saudi officials had a role in the 2001 attacks.
“I think it’s money, it’s greed, it’s power,” Eagleson said, according to The New York Times.
“For Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, to host a golf tournament in Saudi Arabia, to help him take 45 miles or 50 miles from Ground Zero, where 750 were killed that day in New Jersey is, is incomprehensible. said Dennis McGinley, whose brother Daniel McGinley was killed in the attacks while working on the 89th floor of the South Tower.
The National Press Club issued a statement earlier this week saying they were “furious” about the tournament, especially because Trump hosted it.
“The fact that the tournament is being held at a stadium owned by former President Trump is, if possible, even more outrageous,” the club said.
“We call on all Americans to see this despicable attempt to reduce the brutal attack on Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi for what it is – an attempt to sweep under the carpet a brutal, state-sponsored murder ,” reads the club’s statement. .