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McIlroy says round with Trump ‘not endorsement’

first_imgWestbrook shines as Thunder roll over Lakers Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On Friday he posted a statement on Twitter responding to suggestions he had allied himself with the controversial president.“I don’t agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but I still play golf with them,” McIlroy wrote. “Last week, I was invited to play golf with the President of the United States. Whether you respect the person who holds that position or not, you respect the office that he holds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“This wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind,” McIlroy wrote. “It was, quite simply, a round of golf. Golf was our common ground, nothing else.“I’ve traveled all over the world and have been fortunate enough to befriend people from many different countries, beliefs and cultures. To be called a fascist and a bigot by some people because I spent some time in someone’s company is just ridiculous.” Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland checks his shot on the 17th green during the BMW South African Open at Glendower Golf Club on January 12, 2017 in Johannesburg., / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZEFormer world number one Rory McIlroy hit back at critics on Friday, saying his decision to play a round with US President Donald Trump “wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind”.Trump is a keen golfer and McIlroy, a four-time major winner, accepted an offer from the commander-in-chief to join him for a round at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES McIlroy’s statement came after the Northern Ireland golfer told the Guardian that he had been intrigued by Trump’s rise.“I really got into it once Trump ran because I knew him a little bit but at the same time I was intrigued how a successful businessman could transition into running for the highest office in the land,” McIlroy told the publication Friday.“It is a totally different process from the UK. He obviously came at it from a completely different angle.“Something like this probably won’t happen again in our lifetime. I’m very attuned to it, I watch a lot of news. You can’t avoid it. I had no interest in politics until a couple of years ago; now I can’t seem to get away from it,” he said.“I don’t really care about the policies. The whole circus, this big show is intriguing to watch.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

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