Protests, Security At Trump National Prove To Be Biggest News At Senior PGA Championship
Around 60 protesters showed up outside Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Sunday to "protest the current administration" ahead of the final round of the Senior PGA Championship, according to the LOUDOUN TIMES-MIRROR. DC-based WJLA-ABC reported that protesters at the course owned by the Trump family were heard "chanting 'lock him up' and 'shame on PGA.'" While there was "heavy speculation" President Trump would make a stop at the event, he "did not make an appearance Sunday." His sons Eric and Donald Jr. attended the tournament and "walked the course at various points during the week" (LOUDOUN TIMES-MIRROR, 5/29). In N.Y., Noah Weiland wrote it was an "unusual sight" seeing protesters who "gathered near the course on land and water, objecting to what they see as conflicts of interest between President Trump’s business interests and his duties in office." The activists descended on the area around Trump National Golf Club, "holding placards on a street corner and shouting outside the tournament gates." Some protesters had signs that read "Moscow on the Potomac" and "Trumpty is an unplayable lie" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/29).
HEIGHTENED SECURITY: In Michigan, James Cook notes with the tourney being played on a Trump course and the potential of a Presidential visit "leading to heavy security, players noticed all the additional guards almost as much as protesters." Golfer Lee Houtteman said, "The security at this thing was crazy. I was amazed how many security people and local sheriffs, secret service, everywhere. It's right on the Potomac and they had patrols up and down the Potomac making sure nobody was going to come in and vandalize the course. Everywhere you went, it was high security. Kind of unsettling to come off a green and everybody's got a gun. You felt safe, but it was a little weird" (Traverse City RECORD-EAGLE, 5/30).