Cleveland Clinic Pulls Fundraiser From Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Aug 17, 2017

The Cleveland Clinic says it will pull an annual fundraiser from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after all.

The Clinic had initially resisted pressure from health professionals and others over the Republican president's support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal budget dollars to medical research. It had said the event was not political.

The clinic said this morning it made the decision to pull the event after "careful consideration" of various issues. It did not elaborate.

The event has raised $700,000 to $1 million annually to expand programs and purchase equipment for the hospital's Florida facility. It has been held at Mar-a-Lago the last eight years.

More than 1,100 doctors, nurses, medical students and other Ohio residents signed a public letter of concern over the choice of venue.

On Wednesday, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove was among the members of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum who decided to disband the panel, following Trump's comments on Charlottesville.