Before Donald J Trump was the President, he gave his name and marketing skills to several businesses, including several resorts and golf clubs that now come under the umbrella of the Trump Organization.
One such golf club and resort, Mar-a-lago, is now better known as one of the President's weekend White Houses.
High level meetings with figures such as President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, and members of the National Security Council, have taken place at the Palm Beach resort.
CNN Money reports that several organisations, due to hold events in the function rooms at Mar-a-lago have pulled out this week.
On Saturday, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation announced it would not be holding their annual dinner dance at the club, as planned.
The foundation joins those which announced last week they were cancelling events at Mar-a-lago.
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
- Cleveland Clinic
- American Cancer society
- American Friends of Magen David Adom
Several of these organisations specifically cited a wish to distance themselves from the administration.
The American Red Cross has decided we cannot host our annual fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago, as it has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees and supporters,
Salvation Army spokesperson Kurt Watkins
The Salvation Army relies heavily on fundraising events like The Holiday Snow Ball in Palm Beach to further our mission of helping those in need through a range of social services including food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for the underprivileged, because the conversation has shifted away from the purpose of this event, we will not host it at Mar-a-Lago.
The President of the group Leaders in Further Education (LIFE) Lois Pope has urged the board of her organisation to pull out of their book at Mar-a-lago.
In a statement on Facebook Pope said:
Now, however, our great nation is under siege by those who seek to undermine and obliterate these principles.
Indeed, the hatred, vitriol and Anti-Semitic and racist views being spewed by Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists are repugnant and repulsive – and they are antithetical to everything that this country, and I personally stand for.
And anyone who would demonstrate even a modicum of support for them by insisting that there are ‘good people’ among them is not deserving of my personal patronage or that of my foundations.
According to CNN Money, the Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Kravis Center for Performing Arts confirmed their respective booked events at the club would go ahead.
The police foundation cited its deposit and the size of venue, as the reason their annual black-tie dinner dance will go ahead on 6 January 2018.
HT CNN Money