Donald Trump hit out at the Open Championship for not using his Scottish golf club as a venue.
Trump in a statement said it’s because they consider him to be “too controversial.”
Some Trump businesses have faced blowback in the wake of his presidency.
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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Open Championship on Saturday for not using his Turnberry golf club in Scotland as a venue in the competition.
Trump in the statement said that the reason competition organizers had not used the venue was that he had become “too controversial.”
“This course was not chosen for The Open because they consider a wonderful person, and many-time Club Champion, named Donald J. Trump, to be too controversial – this is, of course, a false reputation caused mainly by the Fake News Media,” he said in the statement.
“Remember, though, controversy only makes things ‘Hotter,'” added Trump.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which organizes the tournament, announced days after January 6 insurrection that Turnberry would not be among the venues hosting the Open this year, reported the Golf Digest.
The body said that Open games wouldn’t be played at the course “the foreseeable future” until the ruling body “is convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.”
The Royal St. Georges Golf Club in Kent, southeast England, is hosting the 149th Open Championship. The Open or the British Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious.
Trump during his four years as the president faced accusations of violating conflict of interest rules by continuing to promote his businesses. The US taxpayer is still footing up to $150,000 of the bill for his communications as a former president, with critics on Saturday questioning why he was using the channel to push his golf resort.
After the tumultuous end of his presidency, some of his businesses have faced blowback.
Trump has launched a lawsuit against New York City authorities for canceling a golf club contract over his alleged role in inciting the Capitol riot.
The Trump Organisation, the umbrella company for Trump’s various businesses, has come under intense legal pressure in recent months. Company CFO Allen Weisselberg in July was charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s office with accepting valuable perks from the company as a tax dodge. (Weisselberg denies the accusation).
Trump has claimed that the investigation is really a political vendetta, and the perks were not illegal.
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