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This Friday, March 11, 2016, photo, shows the Mar-A-Lago Club, owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Cleveland Clinic will no longer hold gala at Trump's Mar-a-Lago


The Cleveland Clinic has canceled its plans to host its annual charity gala at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

"After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018," the hospital system said in a statement on Thursday, according to Cleveland.com. "We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years."

The Clinic's decision to not host their gala at Mar-a-Lago comes amid heightened tensions after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent on Saturday, leaving one person dead and dozens injured.

The Cleveland Clinic’s chief executive, Toby Cosgrove, was among the business leaders who resigned from the president’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

Under Armour's Kevin Plank, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and fellow AFL-CIO leader Thea Lee were among the other executives that left the council this week.

Plank issued a statement on Monday about his resignation from the council.

"We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing," Plank said in a statement. "However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics."

President Trump criticized the business executives for leaving his council on Twitter, referring to them as "grandstanders."

"For every CEO that drops out out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," he tweeted. "Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!"


Days later, the president decided to dissolve the business advisory council after 11 CEOs dropped out in response to Trump's remarks about the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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