President Donald Trump came to Jersey City yesterday to award the Presidents Cup to team USA at the Liberty National golf course, dedicating the win to recent hurricane victims throughout the country.
The biennial PGA Tour event was won by Team USA by a score of 19-11 in what was generally a one-sided contest.
Once Trump arrived on the scene around 3 p.m., Jersey City police and the Secret Service made their presence known.
When it was time for the awards ceremony around 6 p.m., the president appeared to be well-received as he walked onto the 14th green.
“Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!,” a number of excited audience members chanted as the president smiled and waved at the crowd.
During his speech, he dedicated the win to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
“On behalf of all the people of Texas, and all of the people of — if you look today you will see what’s happening and how horrible it is, but we have it under really great control – Puerto Rico and the people of Florida that have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes, I want to just remember them and we’re going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much,” stated Trump.
Trump has faced criticism for the way he has handled the hurricane in Puerto Rico, but has remained steadfast in that the recovery efforts are going well.
He also tweeted last week that he plans on going to the U.S. territory on Tuesday to further help them in their time of need.
Meanwhile, a few hours earlier in Liberty State Park, a small group of about a dozen activists protested Trump prior to his arrival at Liberty National.
They chanted phrases such as “we did not vote for him” and “people are dying in Puerto Rico while he plays golf.”
A few protestors explained to Hudson County View why they felt it was important to express their views on the president.
“For it’s because this is the most virulently, racist regime that I’ve lived under and there’s now way I could remain silent when I have the opportunity to raise my voice in protest,” said Jersey City resident Karen Davis.
“In Jersey City, we really pride ourselves on our diversity: this is what makes us strong, this is what makes us powerful, and we’re really proud of that. We also love our immigrant neighbors … he’s now welcome here. His rhetoric and his hate is not welcome in the most diverse city in the nation,” added Irene Barnaby, who also lives in Jersey City and helped organize the event.
Trump was the first sitting president to attend the Presidents Cup tournament since Bill Clinton in 2000, who stopped by the event earlier in the week along with Barack Obama and George W. Bush.