Donald Trump with General H.R. McMaster and Keith Kellogg at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, February 20, 2017.
By Nicholas Kamm/AFP/.
Since he took office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he prefers Mar-a-Lago to Camp David—and possibly the White House, while we’re at it. Increasingly, though, the president seems to be one of the only people to share this high opinion of his Floridian retreat (or, more accurately, of himself.) On Sunday, per the New York Post, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society joined a long list of organizations to cancel events at Mar-a-Lago.
Andrew Aiken, the C.E.O. and president of the zoo, gave the following statement Sunday:
“We have an unyielding commitment to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world,” he said. “After thoughtful consideration by zoo leadership, we have decided it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture.”
This decision was reportedly prompted by Trump’s failure to immediately condemn Nazi violence following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.
As our peers at the Hive noted last week, the venue’s abandonment by polite society since the events in Charlottesville has signaled a larger falling out between the administration and social elites on almost every front. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach was the ninth charity to cancel events at the resort.
“Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” Amanda Skier, the foundation’s executive director, said in a written statement on Saturday.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach reportedly spent $244,000 on events at the resort, which will now seemingly invest its money elsewhere. Last week, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Susan G. Komen also joined the collection of charities to leave Trump to enjoy Mar-a-Lago all to himself.
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