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Charities Have Cancelled Fundraisers At Mar-A-Lago In Wake Of Charlottesville

18 Août 2017

The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have joined a growing number of organizations pulling out of events hosted at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since the president's controversial response to the violence in Charlottesville.

"After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018", the system said in a statement. Another longtime Mar-a-Lago customer, the Cleveland Clinic, abruptly changed course on its winter event only days after saying it planned to continue doing business at Mar-a-Lago, a leading venue for charitable events in the posh resort town.

The Clinic's statement did not specifically reference Trump's burgeoning white supremacy scandal.

It's actively costing the Mar-A-Lago facility, which is technically Trump's private home, potentially millions of dollars.

Sheil told HuffPost there were "a variety of reasons" the clinic made a decision to drop Mar-a-Lago, but wouldn't elaborate much further.

On Friday, Heyer's mother, Susan Bro said on ABC's "Good Morning America", "I'm not talking to the President now", adding, "I'm sorry".

The clinic is now looking into other locations to host the gala.

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

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

The American Cancer Society, which has hosted its annual event at Mar-a-Lago for at least the past decade - has not selected another venue. But the organization said "it has become increasingly clear" that hosting its fundraiser on Trump-owned property presents a "challenge" to its values.

Trump has faced severe backlash after failing to sufficiently denounce the white supremacist groups at the heart of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally, claiming in a Tuesday press conference that "both sides" - referring to the anti-racist protesters present - were at fault. When Jared Kushner got wind of the move, Trump himself quickly disbanded the forum, in an effort to save face. Outgoing Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove was a member of a business advisory council that reported to Trump.

The gilded and glittering Mar-a-Lago has been a favorite spot for holding charity events and a money maker for the Trump Organization.

First, top business leaders abandoned President Trump.

"If you have a conscience, you're really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there", Baker said. But the integrity of any or organization rests on their sound decisions and stewardship.

The Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment.

Charities Have Cancelled Fundraisers At Mar-A-Lago In Wake Of Charlottesville