A leading U.S. hospital pulled its annual fundraiser from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, reversing course after initially resisting pressure from health professionals and others over the president’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal budget dollars to medical research.
The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold the event there after “careful consideration” of a number of issues. It didn’t elaborate. “We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years,” the clinic said.
The letter said the hospital’s support for the Trump Organization was unacceptable “because it symbolically and financially supports a politician actively working to decrease access to healthcare and cut billions of dollars in research funding from the National Institutes of Health budget.”
The fundraiser brought in about a million dollars annually at Mar-A-Lago for the last eight years.