Daughter of 9/11 firefighter blames Trump for taking Saudi ‘blood money’

The daughter of a firefighter who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has slammed Doanld Trump for taking ‘blood money’ by hosting a Saudi-backed golf tournament at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Juliette Scauso, the daughter of the late firefighter Dennis Scauso, said she was shocked the LIV golf tournament was taking place “in the backyard of Ground Zero.” Trump’s Bedminster Golf Course is less than 80 km from where the Twin Towers once stood.

“And for this to be hosted by a former president is even more disgusting,” she added in a Tuesday interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “It’s hard to find the words.”

“I think the 9/11 community, we’ve been pretty candid about our issue here,” Scauso said. “And I’m very proud to say that I think we’ve taken our message far enough.”

“I’m sure Mr. Trump knows us,” she continued. “He knows how we stand. Now, whether it gets canceled or not – personally, I don’t think it will. Just the fact that you – and even the players – it’s blood money you’re taking. Same for him who organizes these events.

Scauso spoke during his CNN interview about Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 9/11 court case brought against the kingdom’s government to hold it accountable.

The group, which includes those who lost loved ones in 9/11, condemned Trump for staging the event for a Saudi-sponsored league.

The daughter of a firefighter who died on 9/11 has slammed Donald Trump for hosting a Saudi-backed golf league at a tournament at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey later this month.

Trump properties in Bedminster, New Jersey and Doral, Florida are set to receive big money by hosting the Saudi Golf League in the tournament later this month.

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Scauso’s father Dennis (pictured) was a firefighter killed in the 9/11 terror attack

The former president doubled down on his decision to host them, despite a 9/11 letter from the court begging him to reverse it, and lashed out at the “very unfair” PGA tour.

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Scauso’s father Dennis (pictured) was a firefighter killed in the 9/11 terror attack

“All of those golfers who remain ‘faithful’ to the very treacherous PGA, in all its various guises, will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV arrives, and you’ll get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ PGA officials who earn millions of dollars a year,’ Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform Monday morning.

“If you don’t take the money now, you won’t get anything after the merger and only say the intelligence of the original signatories.” Good luck to all and congratulations to the very talented Cam Smith for his incredible VICTORY! »

Meanwhile, families of 9/11 victims are seeking to meet with the former president about his decision to host the LIV tournament at his New Jersey Bedminster Golf Club from July 29-31.

Their group 9/11 Justice wrote a letter to the former president expressing their “deep pain and anger” about the tournament.

Trump is pictured above with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Trump is pictured above with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

He doubled to allow the Saudi league to participate in the tournament

He doubled to allow the Saudi league to participate in the tournament

“The evidence, Mr. Trump, is clearer than ever. The nation of Saudi Arabia is largely responsible for the deaths of our loved ones and this horrific attack on America. And you know it,” the letter read.

“We ask for the opportunity to have some of our family members visit you in the coming days to discuss our concerns in person with you and urge you to cease all business with the regime that has been complicit in the murder of our relatives.”

Saudi Arabia has for two decades denied any involvement in the attacks, although 15 of the 19 men who hijacked and crashed four planes that day in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon were Saudi nationals.

The FBI released documents from its investigation, dubbed Operation Encore, in November 2021 after Biden ordered them declassified.

The Bureau had explored, among other things, whether three people, including an official from the Saudi embassy in the United States, had advanced knowledge of the attacks. An earlier memo published in September detailed the “significant logistical support” two of the hijackers had received once in the country, including “the securing of accommodation and assistance with assimilation”.

Lawyers for the 9/11 families believe the desert kingdom funded the terrorist network that carried out the attacks, Al-Qaeda, to prevent local fundamentalists from turning against the ruling royal family.

The mastermind of terrorism, Osama bin Laden, came from a prominent Saudi family before establishing training camps in Afghanistan.

“For Donald Trump, a former President of the United States, to host the Saudi Arabian golf tournament, to help lift it 45 miles or 50 miles from Ground Zero, where 750 New Jerseyans were killed that day, “It’s beyond belief. As 9/11 families, we’ve had to develop thick skin over the past 21 years, but it really hurts. This one is really painful,” said Dennis McGinley, whose Brother Daniel McGinley died in the attacks while working on the 89th floor of the South Tower, telling DailyMail.com in an interview.

Families of 9/11 victims are seeking to meet with the former president about his decision to host the LIV tournament at his New Jersey Bedminster Golf Club from July 29-31.

Families of 9/11 victims are seeking to meet with the former president about his decision to host the LIV tournament at his New Jersey Bedminster Golf Club from July 29-31.

The PGA removed Doral Course tournaments from Bedminster and Trump in 2016 and 2021

The PGA removed Doral Course tournaments from Bedminster and Trump in 2016 and 2021

In an article on Truth Social, Trump wished Cam Smith well,

In a post on Truth Social, Trump wished ‘really talented’ Cam Smith good luck as he joined the LIV tournament

“The 9/11 families, we’ve had to grow thick skins for the past 21 years. But it really hurts. This one is really painful.

McGinley said the 9/11 justice has not heard from anyone on Trump’s team since the letter was sent.

The letter referred to comments made on Fox News in 2016.

“Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It was Saudi. Take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents,” he told the network. “People came, most people came from Saudi Arabia. They weren’t from Iraq.

“It is incomprehensible to us, Mr. Trump, that a former President of the United States would reject our loved ones for personal financial gain,” the letter continues. “We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi Golf League and agree to meet with us.”

Despite his past comments, Trump has remained friendly with the Saudi kingdom. He has backed arms deals with the kingdom despite his proxy war in Yemen and refused to let go of his relationship with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman despite global outrage over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The upstart LIV Tour has successfully poached big names, offering more pay to those frustrated with PGA operations, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler. Earlier this year, the PGA decided to ban players who participate in LIV events and this month the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the PGA for anti-competitive behavior.

McGinley was on the phone with his brother before the plane hit the tower. Daniel had just moved into his “dream house” in Ridgewood, New Jersey and he and his wife Peggy were raising their five children there. He said his brother was crying on the phone and telling him, “I just want to go home with Peggy and the kids.”

“I’ve been haunting this conversation for 21 years,” McGinley said.

“One of the golfers said in their interviews that he was like, ‘Look, you know, we’re just trying to support our families. Yeah, my brother Danny and 2,900 other people were just trying to support their families too. And all of that was horribly taken away from them on 9/11.

The LIV has so far staged two major events, with the third scheduled for the Bedminster Tournament. Trump will also host the season-ending tag team championship at Trump National Doral Miami. His decision to host the LIV tournaments is probably more motivated by his sour relationship with the PGA than any favor to the Saudis.

The PGA pulled the Bedminster and Doral tournaments in 2016 and 2021. They said the 2016 tour was not pulled from Doral for political reasons, but the 2021 tour was moved from Bedminster in the days that followed. followed the Capitol Riots of January 6.

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