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The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit health care network, announced
on Thursday that it no longer plans to hold a 2018
fundraising gala at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s
exclusive Palm Beach, Florida club.
“After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that
it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018. We
thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years,”
the clinic said in a statement.
The clinic would not elaborate on the reasoning behind
pulling the fundraiser from Mar-a-Lago, but the decision comes in
the wake of Trump’s failure to deliver a full-throated
condemnation of white supremacists in the immediate wake of a car
attack at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville,
The clinic’s CEO, Toby Cosgrove, was a member of Trump’s
business advisory council called the Strategic and Policy
Forum, which disbanded on Wednesday. That panel, as well as the
White House’s manufacturing council, was dissolved after
several CEOs criticized Trump’s response to the
Charlottesville attack and made moves to leave the jobs panels.
Once a top destination for fancy charity fundraisers in Palm
Beach, Mar-a-Lago has taken a hit since Trump’s election when it
comes to booking those types of events, as the Washington Post reported back in June.
Although the resort appears to be flourishing otherwise, several
charities have decided against holding large banquets at the
club, citing the burden of increased security there.