5 more charities drop Mar-a-Lago fundraisers


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The Trump administration continues to feel the backlash from business groups after the president’s handling of the violent clashes in Charlottesville. | Alex Brandon/AP

Five more charities announced Friday they were dropping plans for fundraising events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, as the administration continues to feel the backlash from business groups after the president’s handling of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Susan G. Komen, a multimillion-dollar nonprofit that raises money for breast cancer research; the International Red Cross; The Salvation Army; the Autism Association of Palm Beach County; and Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, all said they were pulling events from Mar-a-Lago’s upcoming winter fundraising schedule, according to local reports.

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They joined the Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and the American Friends of Magen David Adom, all of which announced Thursday their decision to move their events off-site, bringing the total of charities to pull events from Trump’s estate to eight.

The cancellations serve as the latest blow to the president during a week in which he’s seen several of his advisory policy councils crumble over his handling of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. All members of Trump’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned en masse Friday morning, citing the president’s equivocation on hate groups as the impetus for their departure.

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