About three hours after his 3 p.m. arrival, President Donald Trump emerged from the Liberty National clubhouse and became the first-ever sitting president to award the trophy, handing it to American team after their 19-11 win.
Trump spoke for about two minutes before handing the trophy to U.S. captain Steve Stricker, touching on both golf and hurricane relief.
“On behalf of all of the people of Texas and all of the people of – if you look today and see what’s happening, how horrible it is, though we have it under really great control in Puerto Rico,” Trump said. “And the people of Florida, who 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.”
During Trump’s speech, he also lauded the PGA Tour’s philanthropy efforts and the Americans’ “unbelievable” play.
The president’s remarks came hours after he attacked critics of his hurricane response in Puerto Rico on Sunday morning from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. While there, he also tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “wasting his time” negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Prior to the trophy ceremony, Trump spent the afternoon inside the clubhouse in the PGA Tour Commissioner’s suite. The clubhouse sits adjacent to the 14th green – where the trophy ceremony was held – with the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline behind it.
Just after entering the clubhouse, he continued to tweet about North Korea.
Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Trump left the course shortly after the trophy ceremony, taking…