How did Trump respond to a question about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– Former US President Donald Trump defended his golf courses’ hosting of the LIV Golf Championship, funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (sovereign fund), which concluded its first round series, Sunday.

Trump said, in an interview with the New York Times, at his golf course in Miami, where the last round of “Live Golf” was held, that he did not think twice about hosting his courses for the championship, adding that his talks with Saudi officials convinced him that the Kingdom’s embrace of golf “is important.” very much for them” and that they “make a lot of effort and spend a lot of money on it.”

The newspaper reported that when the former president was asked about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Trump replied, “We have human rights problems in this country as well,” referring to the United States.

The newspaper pointed to the criticism of the “Live Golf” tournament due to the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, and indicated that Trump, during his presidency, refused to publish the American intelligence report, which concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved an operation to arrest or kill” the journalist. Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, which the kingdom denied.

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