Cleveland Clinic cutting ties with Mar-a-Lago resort

Cleveland Clinic cutting ties with Mar-a-Lago resort

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A top U.S. hospital says it will pull an annual fundraiser from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after all.

The Cleveland 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 said the event was not political.

Cuyahoga County's largest employer said Thursday it made the decision to pull the event after "careful consideration" of various issues and released this statement:

"After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018. We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years."

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.

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