A detail view of Eric Trump’s golf bag reads “Trump 2024” as seen during the professional before the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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Eric Trump is all set for his dad Donald Trump to launch on a third attempt at the White House, even if the former president himself is delaying – for now – his campaign announcement.
Eric used a golf bag emblazoned with “Trump 2024” under the American flag on Thursday at the Donald Trump Club in Minster, New Jersey, which was hosting LIV Golf, the controversial professional tour backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
Trump’s cheeky display of the logo to the young audience comes at a pro-pro contest as his father contemplates launching another campaign for the presidency sooner rather than later.
A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the family business that Eric Trump leads with his brother Donald Jr., did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on the lettering of the suitcase. A spokeswoman for Donald Trump also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Former US President Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump react to being put on the 14th green during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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Donald Trump is said to be considering formally announcing before the midterm elections in November his intention to run for president in 2024.
Trump, who lost his re-election bid to President Joe Biden, is said to have been at least partly enthusiastic about undercutting the growing popularity among Florida Republicans as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is said to be eyeing the White House election in 2024.
But some GOP officials and elected candidates worry that if Trump announces he will run before November, it will hurt the party’s chances of winning a majority in both houses of Congress this year.
Retaining the support of many Republican voters, Trump remains a deeply controversial figure due to his refusal to accept the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 presidential election, and the subsequent January 6, 2021, Capitol riots, and other issues.
On Wednesday, ABC News reported that a Republican National Committee official told the news outlet that the GNC will stop paying Trump’s legal bills once he declares he is a candidate, “because the party has a ‘neutral policy’ that prevents him from taking sides in the election.” Presidential Preliminaries”.
ABC noted that since October, the RNC has paid nearly $2 million to law firms representing Trump in lawsuits against him, and investigations by government entities.
This weekend’s event at a golf club in New Jersey has sparked controversy on multiple fronts.
Saudi-backed LIV Golf is challenging the PGA Tour’s dominance of professional golf, which has led to the PGA suspending more than 20 players from its events for LIV events without receiving a release for “conflicting events and media rights”.
Leaf Golf has also been accused of being another attempt by Saudi Arabia to improve its international reputation, which has suffered for decades due to internal government repression and human rights abuses.
Trump, who is from New York City, has come under fire in recent weeks by families of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, for hosting the Saudi-backed event at his club.
Of the 19 hijackers of four planes that day, 15 were Saudis. Two planes hijacked collided in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, which collapsed shortly thereafter. The Saudi government has long denied any connection to the attacks.
“How much money do you turn your back on your country?” asked a woman in an ad created by 9/11 survivors and relatives directed at Trump that began airing this week.
The ad also shows a man saying, “This golf tournament is taking place 50 miles from Ground Zero.”
When asked about that Thursday, Donald Trump replied, “Well, nobody got to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately, and they should have.”
But six years ago, during his first tour of the White House, Trump said in an appearance on Fox News: “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was the Saudis – take a look in Saudi Arabia, open the documents” .