JERSEY CITY, N.J.— President Donald Trump presented the Presidents Cup Sunday to the victorious U.S. squad at Liberty National after it delivered a 19-11 trouncing to the Internationals.
Trump is the Honorary Presidents Cup Chairman and dedicated the trophy to the people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico who have been hit by hurricanes in the past six weeks.
Trump has been under fire by members of the media, politicians and social media critics following the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria and his Twitter spat with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.
During Thursday’s opening ceremony former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama appeared at the first tee.
“It is a great honor for me to be even a small part of the Presidents Cup,” said Trump when his honorary role was announced in July. “I have watched it since the very first tournament in 1994. It gets better with age. This will be the greatest of them all.”
On Friday, two dark green Marine HMX-1 Nighthawk helicopters and two MV-22 Ospreys were practicing takeoffs and landings at Black Tom Island’s large grass area just across the New York Harbor from Ellis Island and a two-minute drive from Liberty National Golf Club. The group of four helicopters traditionally fly various traveling presidential pools and one is designated Marine One when the president is on board.