After Donald Trump’s remarks earlier this week doubling down on his claim that there is “blame on both sides” when it comes to the violence in Charlottesville, many politicians and even CEOs on his manufacturing council spoke out against his comments. The criticism led Trump to disband the council as well as his strategic and policy forum before more business leaders could jump ship.
But the fallout from Trump’s offensive press conference has not been limited to his presidential duties, it’s now hitting his business entities as well, in particular his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
On Thursday it was reported that The American Cancer Society and Cleveland Clinic research hospital would cancel fundraisers that were scheduled to be held at Mar-a-Lago next year.
#10 and #12 on my list have gone from “yes” to “no” today. Other “yeses” still accurate, as far as I know. pic.twitter.com/pC8A7NrpbU
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) August 17, 2017
While neither group mentioned Trump or Charlottesville by name as the reason for the cancellations, Cleveland Clinic’s CEO Toby Cosgrove had been a member of Trump’s strategic and policy forum, which was disbanded in the aftermath of Trump’s comments.
Earlier this year, doctors, nurses and medical students from the Cleveland Clinic had signed an open letter objecting to the use of Mar-a-Lago as an event space for the hospital given President Trump’s plans to cut medical research funding.
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