Trump Dedicates Golf Trophy to Hurricane Victims

He's the first president to present Presidents Cup
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Aarontco
Posted Oct 2, 2017 2:59 AM CDT
Trump Dedicates Golf Trophy to Hurricane Victims
President Trump reacts as he walks over to participate in presenting the Presidents Cup to the US team at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hours after slamming "politically motivated ingrates" for criticizing the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, President Trump attended a golf tournament—and dedicated the US win in the Presidents Cup to hurricane victims. Trump presented the trophy to US captain Steve Stricker after the US team cruised to victory for the seventh year in a row. "On behalf of all of the people of Texas, and all of the people—if you look today and see what is happening, how horrible it is, but we have it under really great control—Puerto Rico and the people of Florida who have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes, I want to just remember them," Trump said, per the Guardian.

This year's tournament was held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ. Trump was the first sitting president to attend the tournament since Bill Clinton in 2000 and the first ever to present the cup to the winners, Politico reports. Trump, who spent much of the weekend at his own golf club in Bedminster, NJ, returned to Washington later Sunday. "We're doing really well on Puerto Rico," he told reporters. "Tremendous progress being made. We're getting the roads open, we're getting a lot of things done—really at a record clip." (On Saturday, Trump lashed out at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and other Puerto Rican officials who "want everything to be done for them.")

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