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Three organizations pull events from Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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Three organizations pull events from Trump's Mar-a-Lago

First, top business leaders abandoned President Trump. Now, major organizations are canceling plans to hold events at the president's resort in Florida.

The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and American Friends of Magen David Adom have all axed plans for galas at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club.

It will be the first time in eight years that the Cleveland Clinic has not held its fundraiser at the resort in South Florida, which Trump has dubbed the Winter White House.

The cancellations follow the spectacular implosion of Trump's business councils this week over the president's comments that drew a moral equivalence between white supremacists and left-wing protesters.

The collapse of the councils was an extraordinary rebuketo a president who prides himself on being business-friendly. High-profile CEOs like JPMorgan Chase's (JPM)Jamie Dimon have publicly slammed Trump's reaction to the violence that broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Now, Trump's words appear to be hurting his own business.

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"We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years," the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement. It did not give a reason for its cancellation. The announcement was reported earlier Thursday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Toby Cosgrove, the hospital group's CEO, was among the executives on one of Trump's business councils.

A few hours after the Cleveland Clinic's announcement, the American Cancer Society followed suit.

The nonprofit said in a statement that it had planned to host its 2018 gala at Mar-a-Lago "based on a variety of factors, including costs and venue requirements." But the organization said "it has become increasingly clear" that hosting its fundraiser on Trump-owned property presents a "challenge" to its values.

The American Cancer Society -- which has hosted the annual event at Mar-a-Lago for at least the past decade -- has not yet selected another venue. The decision was reported earlier by the Palm Beach Post.

Mar-a-Lago declined to comment. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a message.

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The health organization last hosted its gala in Trump's Palm Beach club in February of this year.

That event coincided with a visit from Trump, who was in Florida the same weekend to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

It's not clear whether Trump attended any portion of the American Cancer Society's event, but he is known to pop in on fundraisers. In fact, Trump served as a co-chair for the American Cancer Society's annual event in 2014, the organization said.

The American Friends of Magen David Adom, a group that supports Israel's national ambulance, blood-services and disaster-relief organization, confirmed that it, too, has decided to move its annual gala to another location.

"After considerable deliberation, AFMDA — an apolitical and humanitarian aid organization — will not hold its 2018 Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala at Mar-a-Lago," spokesperson Erik Levis said in a statement.

The event was scheduled to take place at Mar-a-Lago on Feb. 25, 2018.

Related: What happened behind the scenes as Trump's business councils fell apart

On Thursday, CNNMoney reached out to all the organizations that have announced plans to hold events at Mar-a-Lago in the coming months.

Only one other organization, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, responded to CNNMoney's inquiries.

That group confirmed it will host a wine auction at the club on Feb. 1.

- An earlier version of this story misidentified the location of the American Friends of Magen David Adom.

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BmoreRavens
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2017 at 1:55 PM
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I'm quite sure that those cancellations will be filled with other events by people who are not being ridiculous. There was violence on both sides, and all three of he main groups are hate groups; none of them is innocent.

MissAndree
by on Aug. 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM
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I mean, everyone and every organization who are respectable are distancing themselves from this trainwreck administration. Who can blame them?
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:09 PM
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He'll have the KKK and Nazis fill the spots
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:16 PM
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Companies and charities have to make the best call for them financially, logistically, and ethically. Criticizing their choice because you don't agree with folks of all political stripes that he fumbled badly is what's ridiculous.
MsDenuninani
by A.Ham on Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:32 PM
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Honestly, I don't think any organization with a moral backbone can defend the choice to line Trump's pockets right now.  


coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:40 PM
If so, do you think the list will be made public?

Quoting -Celestial-: He'll have the KKK and Nazis fill the spots
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Aug. 18, 2017 at 3:43 PM
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Yes, just like his business and manufacturing advisory boards.  He claimed to have them lined up to fill those empty slots.  Oops.  

And no, the counter protest groups are not hate groups.  Their agenda is to stop the spread of inequality and hate.  You parroting 45 doesn't make you any more correct than he is.  

Quoting BmoreRavens:

I'm quite sure that those cancellations will be filled with other events by people who are not being ridiculous. There was violence on both sides, and all three of he main groups are hate groups; none of them is innocent.


SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Aug. 18, 2017 at 4:30 PM
With the firing of Bannon and the war of words that is sure to follow, I'm not so sure.

Quoting -Celestial-: He'll have the KKK and Nazis fill the spots
bluefirewolf
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM
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and the dominoes keep falling - this is great news

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