Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to makes headlines after disparaging comments he made last week toward Mexicans in regard to border relations with the United States.
Trump owns courses that have ties to all major golf organizations including the PGA Tour, PGA of America, USGA and R&A. Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte caught up with Trump via phone Tuesday on the campaign trail in New Hampshire to see if he has received any backlash.
“I’ve had tremendous support from the golf world, because they all know I’m right,” Trump said. “I’ve been great to golf. I’ve been investing while everybody else was fleeing.”
The support has not been met in the business world. Both Univision and NBCUniversal severed ties with Trump earlier this week. (NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast, which is also the parent company of Golf Channel.) On Tuesday, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision because the network says it will not air Trump’s Miss USA pageant July 12 in Louisiana. Also on Tuesday, Mexico announced that it will not send a contestant to the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump partly owns.
When it comes to the employees at his own private clubs and resorts, Trump is not worried about repercussions.
“I have Mexicans and South Americans working for me all over the country and believe me, they love me and I love them,” Trump told Rosaforte. “I think they’re great. I’ve had great support and I haven’t heard one negative thing and frankly I don’t expect to.”
Both the PGA Tour and PGA of America declined comment when contacted by Golf Channel.
The WGC-Cadillac Championship is played at Trump National Doral in Miami and the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open is at Trump International Golf Club in Puerto Rico. Trump purchased Turnberry in Scotland, which has hosted four Open Championships. Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., will host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2022 PGA Championship. The Senior PGA Championship will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va., in 2017 and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf is scheduled for this October at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.