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Son teases election run at Saudi-backed golf event

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An in depth view of a golf bag belonging to Eric Trump reads “Trump 2024” as seen in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, Recent Jersey.

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Eric Trump is greater than ready for his father Donald Trump to tee off in a 3rd bid for the White House, even when the previous president himself is holding off — for now — on a campaign announcement

Eric used a golf bag featuring the lettering “Trump 2024” under an American flag patch Thursday at Donald Trump’s Bedminster, Recent Jersey, club, which was hosting a tournament of LIV Golf, the controversial pro tour backed by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund.

The younger Trump’s cheeky public display of the brand at a pro-am competition comes as his father contemplates launching one other run for the presidency sooner relatively than later.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the family business that Eric Trump leads together with his brother, Donald Jr., didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment Thursday on the bag lettering. Donald Trump’s spokeswoman also didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and son Eric Trump react to his putt on the 14th green in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, Recent Jersey.

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Donald Trump reportedly is considering formally announcing before this November’s midterm elections that he intends to run for president in 2024.

Trump, who lost a reelection effort to President Joe Biden, is claimed to be motivated at the very least partly, to blunt the rising popularity amongst Republicans of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who himself reportedly is eyeing a White House run in 2024.

But some GOP elected officials and candidates are apprehensive that if Trump does announce he’s running before November, it might hurt the party’s possibilities of winning majorities in each chambers of Congress this 12 months.

While retaining the support of many Republican voters, Trump stays a deeply controversial figure because of his refusal to just accept the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential vote results, the next Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, and other issues.

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On Wednesday, ABC News reported that a Republican National Committee official told that news outlet that the RNC would stop paying legal bills for Trump as soon as he declares he’s a candidate, “since the party has a ‘neutrality policy’ that prohibits it from taking sides within the presidential primary.”

ABC noted that since October, the RNC has paid almost $2 million to law firms that represent Trump in lawsuits filed against him, and investigations by government entities.

This weekend’s event at Trump’s Recent Jersey golf club has generated controversy on multiple fronts.

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf is difficult the PGA Tour’s dominance in skilled golf, which has led the PGA to suspend greater than 20 players from its events for participating in LIV events without receiving releases for “conflicting event and media rights.”

LIV Golf also has been accused of being yet one more “sports-wash” effort by the Saudi Arabia to enhance its international popularity, which has suffered for a long time due to internal government repression and human rights abuses.

Trump, who’s from Recent York City, has been strongly criticized in recent weeks by families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks for hosting the Saudi-backed event at his club.

Of the 19 hijackers of 4 planes that day, 15 were Saudi nationals. Two of the planes that were hijacked slammed into the Twin Towers on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, which collapsed soon afterward. The Saudi government has long denied connection to the attacks.

“How much money to show your back on your personal country?” asked a girl in an ad created by 9/11 survivors and relatives and directed at Trump that began airing this week.

The ad also includes a man saying, “This golf tournament is going down 50 miles from Ground Zero.”

When asked about that Thursday, Donald Trump replied, “Well, no one’s gotten to the underside of 9/11, unfortunately, they usually must have.”

But six years ago, during his first White House run, Trump said on an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends:” “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was Saudi — take a have a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents.”

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