Donald Trump lamented missing WGC at Doral to make campaign speech, debate
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Donald Trump lamented missing WGC at Doral to make campaign speech, debate

Donald Trump sure sounded on Thursday like he wished he was at his Trump National Doral resort near Miami instead of delivering a speech -- if you can call it that -- in response to remarks made earlier in the day by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

While delivering a meandering, barely coherent response to Romney's criticisms of his businesses, public remarks and campaign style, Trump promoted the WGC-Cadillac Championship this weekend.

"Doral," Trump began after mentioning jobs he was bringing to Scotland through his ongoing renovation of the Turnberry resort. "They're having the World Golf Championship today, and I'm in Maine. I'm in Maine with you! I don't know."

He pumped up the field, then suggested a surprise guest: Tiger Woods.

"Rory, Rory McIlroy, everybody's down there," Trump said, adding, "And Tiger's going there later. Look, he's going to be better. He's going to be fine."

When asked about Trump on Wednesday, McIlroy said, "He's not going to be the leader of my country," suggesting the frontrunner's gains in securing the GOP nomination didn't bother him as he isn't a U.S. citizen.

No one is expecting Woods to show up to Doral this weekend. Perhaps he could work with Trump or another golf course design at the resort. Woods is designing the forthcoming Trump World Golf Club in Dubai, a project with Trump's name attached, which was briefly removed in January when Trump called for a temporary ban of Muslims coming to the United States.

Trump is expected to show up to his resort on Sunday for the final round and, potentially, for the trophy presentation.

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