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Trump to attend US Women's Open at his NJ golf club

Trump to attend US Women's Open at his NJ golf club
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President Trump said Friday he will attend the U.S. Women’s Open tournament this weekend at his New Jersey golf course.

“Left Paris for U.S.A. Will be heading to New Jersey and attending the #USWomensOpen, their most important tournament, this afternoon,” he tweeted.

Trump is traveling directly from France, where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and participated in a Bastille Day celebration, to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. 

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The competition’s presence at the course has stirred controversy, with some warning Trump will distract from the event.

Organizers came under pressure to move the tournament over Trump’s comments about women during the presidential race. 

Golfer Brittany Lincicome urged Trump not to attend the event, warning it could be a "big debacle" if he came.

"This is our biggest week of the year," Lincicome said, according to NJ Advance Media. "This is the one that we look forward to the most and I just want the focus to be on all of us golfers and not anything else."

Democrats and government ethics watchdogs, meanwhile, have said Trump is enriching himself by frequently spending time at properties he owns. Trump did not divest from his real-estate business after he was elected president, so critics say his presence at his properties amounts to free advertising for companies he owns.

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The White House has said Trump is doing nothing wrong by spending time at his properties.

Friday’s trip will mark Trump’s 38th day at one of his golf courses as president, according to NBC News.

Trump’s Virginia golf club hosted the Senior PGA Championship in May, but the president did not attend.