Donald Trump's Olive Branch to 9/11 Families Slammed: 'Little to No Value'

A family member of a 9/11 victim said Donald Trump's peace offering had "little to no value" ahead of a planned protest near the former president's Bedminster golf club as it holds a tournament that is part of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour.

Brett Eagleson, who founded the group 9/11 Justice, has criticized the former president for hosting the competition at his New Jersey club, noting how Saudi terrorists were among those who committed the 2001 terror attacks in New York.

The group also claimed that recently unclassified intel also suggested the Saudi government gave support to the hijackers.

Earlier this month, 9/11 Justice sent a letter to the former president describing their "extreme pain, frustration and anger" over the upcoming event at the Trump National Golf Course.

Speaking to Politico, Eagleson, whose father, John Bruce Eagleson, died in the South Tower on September 11, said the group is planning on staging a protest on Friday morning against LIV Golf.

Ahead of the protest, Eagleson said a representative for Trump reached out to him personally in order to state the former president said to pass on a message that 9/11 is "really near and dear to him" and that the aide was instructed to reach out to everyone who signed the letter.

Eagleson described the olive branch as being of "little to no value."

"My response is, if it was so important to him why did he tell you to call me, why didn't he call himself?" Eagleson told Politico.

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An organization founded by family members of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has spoken out against Donald Trump's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey hosting an event from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. Pictured, Trump speaks during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 7, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

"[The aide] just kept repeating the same talking points, one being that the contract is binding and there is no way out of it," he said. "And when I pressed on when [the contract] was signed, she said she didn't know and just continued to say that the president was flattered with the letter, which was a weird thing to say, since it was not a very flattering letter. It called him a hypocrite essentially."

Eagleson added that the planned protest has the backing of Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, although it is unclear if they plan to attend the demonstration in person.

Friday's tournament in Bedminster will be the second LIV event to be held in the U.S. The series has already caused a major rift in the golfing world, with a number of top stars such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy criticizing the tournament, while others such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia have signed up to play in the lucrative tour.

Last month, the PGA Tour suspended a number of players due to their participation with LIV Golf.

The series has also been accused of merely being an attempt by the Saudi regime to get good publicity after being accused of human rights abuses.

The tour is backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund, the chairman of which is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The U.S. accuse bin Salman of approving the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, which the Saudi government denies.

Ahead of the tournament at his Bedminster resort, Trump suggested more players join the LIV tour.

"All of those golfers that remain 'loyal' to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big 'thank you' from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year," Trump wrote on Truth Social.

"If you don't take the money now, you will get nothing after the merger takes place, and only say how smart the original signees were."

Newsweek has reached out to The Trump Organization for comment.