Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) for moving their annual tournament from his Doral Resort in Miami to Mexico. The PGA, however, clarified that the move was not a political decision but for want of sponsors.
“It’s fundamentally a sponsorship issue,” PGA Tour Commissioner Timothy Finchem said, according to the BBC, adding that Trump’s high profile status made it difficult for the PGA to attract sponsors.
"Donald Trump is a brand, a big brand, and when you're asking a company to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they're going to share that brand with the host, it's a difficult decision," he reportedly said.
According to reports, Mexican telecom conglomerate Grupo Salinas will replace Cadillac as the main sponsor of the tournament. However, Trump’s son, Eric Trump, told Reuters that Cadillac is still willing to continue as the main sponsor. “… Cadillac is an amazing company and a longtime partner to the Trump Organization and we have an impeccable relationship,” he said.
The tournament, reports said, will be held at the Club de Golf Chapultapec outside Mexico City and is expected to give a huge boost to Mexico’s golf scene.
Donald Trump has accused the PGA of putting profit ahead of thousands of American jobs. Throughout his presidential campaign, he has accused U.S. companies of costing American jobs by outsourcing work to Mexico and other countries.
"This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for president of the United States,” Trump said.
“They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance, " Trump told Fox News. The real estate mogul has repeatedly branded illegal immigrants from Mexico as rapists and drug peddlars while proposing to build a huge wall along the U.S. - Mexico border.