The decision to pull a golf tournament marked by Donald Trump’s New Jersey runway after the fatal Capitol Revolt in January has emerged as a central issue in an intensifying legal dispute between the U.S. trade empire. former American president and New York City.
The Trump organization has sued the city over a breach of contract over its February resolution of the company’s 20-year agreement to run a municipal golf course in the Bronx borough known as Trump Golf Links to Ferry Point – and has ruined some of the most famous sports names to help make his case.
According to the termination notice that the New York City parks department sent to Trump in February, “the January 6 actions have destroyed [Trump Ferry Point’s] ability to attract tournament-quality events, because the Trump brand is now synonymous with insurgency against the federal government. ”
The notice specifically cited the decision by the PGA of America to move its Open Championship from Trump’s Bedminster course where it was scheduled to be held in 2022.
The city cited the language in the licensing agreement with the Trump Organization that said Trump Ferry Point had an obligation to run a “top-quality, tournament-rated daily golf course.”
The company claims that it doesn’t contain any requirements that it actually hosts a first tournament, however. In recently published newspapers, the Trump Organization stated that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “had a political disposition to terminate contracts related to Trump” and used the The PGA move as a pretext.
He provided the city with several letters from golf stars such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, John Daly and Rocco Mediate. Everyone identically describes Ferry Point as a “top quality golf course, quality tournament.” The Trump Organization has also provided a letter of recommendation from the Metropolitan Golf Association, a nonprofit organization that oversees sports in the New York region.
The legal challenges of the former president of the United States are growing in New York. The Trump Organization can be criminally charged Just this week from the Manhattan district attorney’s office on his accounting for fringe employee benefits, the Financial Times and others reported.
The Trump Organization signed its agreement for Ferry Point in 2012 with Michael Bloomberg, first mayor of New York, to complete the construction of the course and then manage its operations, paying for licensing fees to the city. The Ferry Point project had taken the city decades to complete and Trump’s involvement was seen as a coup d’état at the time.
The developer had thought back then, too an interview with the FT, that site, with its dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, could be a venue for high-profile professional golf events. The course opened in spring 2015 a few weeks before Trump launched his presidential candidacy.
Several inflammatory comments from Trump after launching his campaign led De Blasio to speculate on the end of his company’s contracts with the city, not only at Ferry Point, but for other New York attractions including a carousel and a skating rink in Central Park. The city never followed suit at the time, but believed it had solid legal foundations after the events of January 6th.
The PGA’s decision was followed shortly after by comments from the UK’s R&A, which hosts The Open, that Trump’s Turnberry course in Scotland will not be attributed to that British event.
The lawsuit led to the publication, in court, of correspondence between the Trump Organization and the city after the end of the agreement.
The company wrote that its contract did not “contain a moral benefit or” bad child “. He noted that the city can terminate the Ferry Point contract “at will,” according to the contract letter, but said it would then owe a $ 30 million termination fee.
The city argued that the contract allows him to end the business “for a reason,” which allows him to flee by paying a fee.
The Trump Organization also argued in correspondence that de Blasio’s public statements made shortly after Jan. 6 show that the city’s legal argument regarding the PGA was a pretext.
In particular he quoted a Jan. 13 tweet from de Blasio that said, “New York City doesn’t do business with insurgents.”