Trump says controversial LIV Golf "worth billions" for Saudi Arabia

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President Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit has been "worth billions of dollars" for Saudi Arabia.

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The big picture: LIV Golf has been a subject of controversy as critics allege that Saudi Arabia is looking to boost its global image by funding the tour.

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The former president's comments come as the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is set to host LIV Golf's third event on Friday.

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"I do think that the publicity that they've gotten, more than anything, has been a great thing for them," Trump said. "I think the publicity they’ve gotten is worth billions of dollars.

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Families of 9/11 victims have also criticized the tour and asked Trump to cancel the event, the Washington Post reports. Fifteen of the 19 attackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens.

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The National Press Club President Jen Judson and the National Press Club Journalism Institute President Gil Klein denounced LIV Golf and the former President's involvement with the tournament.

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