U.S. Golf Association executive director told executive committee members that Trump threatened to sue them if they moved the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open from Trump National Golf Club in NJ.
The USGA (United States Golf Association) choice to host the Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, NJ went unnoticed when it was chosen in 2012. That changed a couple of years ago when Trump announced that he was going to run for president.
USA Today reports that USGA Director Mike Davis informed the Executive Committee that he and other officials had met with Trump at the time, telling them that: “We can’t get out of this. He’s going to sue us,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
“More than anything, it was very pre-emptive, before the storm if he did get elected president,” the person said. “We were starting to get some pressure and so it was brought up and he said he would sue us if we moved it.”
The in the final weeks of the campaign in October 2016 the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced with Trump and his legendary attitude about women. (The grab them by….) The Chicago Sun Times wrote that it was embarrassing to the USGA, who has been working hard to attract women and girls to a sport that has a history of discriminatory behavior and exclusion.
After the tapes were released 3 U.S. Democratic Senators ( Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) wrote the USGA and asked that the Women’s Open be moved.
”The decision that the USGA makes is more consequential than simply the geographic location of a golf tournament,” the senators wrote. ”In declining future association with a brand that degrades women, the USGA and LPGA have an opportunity to make clear to the world, and most especially young Americans, that our nation will not tolerate nor do business with any company that condones or excuses action that constitutes sexual assault.”
The USGA refused to move the tournament and they also refused to make any comments citing that all contracts with sites are confidential.
Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen asked all comments and requests be made to the Trump Organization executive vice president and chief legal officer Alan Garten and Trump organization executive vice president of development Larry Glick.
USA Today left messages for both Garten and Glick as well as the USGA, no has contacted them as of yet.