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The Cleveland Clinic intends to return to President Trump’s Palm Beach home for its annual Florida fundraiser, despite calls from some within the hospital’s community to stay away.

“We have not yet signed an agreement, but believe that it is our intent to hold the gala event there in 2018,” clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil told STAT Monday.


The Cleveland Clinic has held a fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago club for the past eight years, but this year’s event came soon after Trump’s January executive order on immigration, which prevented a Cleveland Clinic doctor from returning to the country, prompting protests and calls for the February fundraiser to be moved or canceled.

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  • Smaller, but also beautiful and with much prestige is the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables FL. Another possibility is the Breakers in Palm Beach FL. There are many beautiful, adequate facilities to hold this event. Given recent events and attitude of the present administration, including conflict of interest and violation of emolument clause, please refrain from “business as usual” policies. It is not business as usual – not any more – this is the president of the United States who should have put all business in a blind trust. He refused to do so. While he remains in office, he should act like a president, not a CEO.

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