Another Hit For Trump As PGA Pulls Out
The Donald and the PGA have agreed not to conduct the Grand Slam of Golf at Trump’s National Golf Club in Los Angeles.
The tournament pits the winners of the year’s four major golf championships against one another.
The Republican candidate’s statement said that the decision was due to the ongoing controversy over his harsh rhetoric against illegal immigration.
“Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf,” Trump’s office said.
Trump himself added that he now will have time to improve his California golf course.
“I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for,” he said. “This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.”
The announcement came a day after ESPN said it would move a charity golf tournament off one of Trump’s courses amid the backlash.