Trump issued a statement on his Truth Social platform, writing, “So INTERESTING to see the PGA Tour finally start to treat its players fairly now that the LIV Tour has opened to such a big BANG!”
Trump will always be there to stand up for oppressed millionaires struggling to become billionaires. pic.twitter.com/hUEbX7nwol
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) June 23, 2022
“They have finally increased purses to players, substantially, and I am sure will soon be reducing their massive executive salaries in order to make things work,” Trump continued. “The players are now asking, however, why didn’t they raise the purses long ago? Also, what will happen to the TREMENDOUSLY valuable Tax Exempt Status that the PGA Tour now enjoys?”
Despite Trump’s praise, LIV Golf has been under mass scrutiny for being funded by Saudi money. Considering Saudi Arabia’s human rights concerns, generating billions of dollars from oil and slave labor, its participants have been criticized for acting as a tool in sportswashing.
The PGA Tour has attempted to draw a line in the sand, saying it’s ‘us or them,’ but they’ve been left attempting to figure out ways of keeping their stars as Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and many other big names have chosen LIV Golf.
Trump’s allegiance shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The former president fumed over The Tour’s decision to move the 2022 PGA Championship from one of his golf properties because of his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. Trump will, however, allow his properties to be used by LIV Golf, with their season-ending championship taking place at his Doral course in Miami, Florida this October.