During the LIV Golf tournament at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf facility, former president Donald Trump was seen utilizing the presidential seal on a number of products.
While the former president played in the pro-am portion of the tournament on Thursday, the seal was affixed on towels, golf carts, and other items.
Use of the presidential and vice presidential seals that could provide “a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States” is prohibited by federal law.
Although breaking this statute could result in “not more than six months” in jail, a fine, or both, these penalties are rarely applied..
The display of the seal at Trump buildings
has already been noted. According to Forbes, the emblem was depicted on a sign at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida, in a previous Instagram image. In 2018, WNYC and ProPublica reported that the Trump Organization had purchased tee markers with the logo for golf courses.
His Bedminster golf club was charged with profiteering from the usage of images of the presidential seal by a Washington, D.C., watchdog organization last year.
“Unlawful use of the presidential seal for commercial purposes is no trivial matter, especially when it involves a former president who is actively challenging the legitimacy of the current president,” Washington stated in a complaint.
As Trump teed off in the pro-am on Thursday, the most recent LIV Golf Invitational Series competition was open to the media but closed to the general public.
The third and second US tournaments in the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, which Trump has partnered with at Bedminster in response to criticism, are taking place this week.
The former president was asked if he regretted that LIV Golf rather than the PGA Tour or the U.S. Golf Association was hosting the event at the golf club.
“No, no regrets. That’s their problem,” he said. “This course blows every other course away.”
The 9/11 survivors and their families have criticized Trump for holding the Saudi-sponsored golf event at his New Jersey estate, which is 50 miles from Ground Zero.
Family members of those who perished in the attacks share their pain and hold up photos of their deceased loved ones in a recent advertisement. The ad was released this week.
One woman inquires, “How much money to leave your own country?”
The Saudi sovereign wealth fund, whose chairman is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is the source of funding for the golf tour. His murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018 has been attributed to him by U.S. intelligence.
9/11 family release ad slamming Trump for holding golf tournament financed by Saudi Arabia.
Trump rejected on Thursday the charge that he is being overly cordial with Saudi Arabia..
“Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately,” Trump told ESPN.
Families of 9/11 victims believe that Saudi leaders provided financial and logistical support to the terrorism plot, which the Saudi government has long denied. Many of these families protested Trump’s golf tournament this week.
A collection of the materials from the FBI’s inquiry into whether Saudi Arabian government operatives supported the plot was made public last year. Although the documents have not produced any observable evidence of the Saudi government’s official involvement in the attacks, the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian nationals.
The records revealed that, as recently as 2016, FBI investigators were still looking into potential connections between Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, two of the hijackers, and others who may have assisted them after they arrived in the United States in 2000.