Doctors, nurses urge Cleveland Clinic system to cut ties to Trump

Doctors, nurses urge Cleveland Clinic system to cut ties to Trump

Hundreds of medical professionals and students have urged the Cleveland Clinic hospital system to cut its ties to President Donald Trump in light of his controversial executive order that has banned people from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

A large number of physicians, nurses and students signed an open letter yesterday pleading with the hospital system to publicly condemn the executive order that banned immigration from seven countries. They urged the system to use its influence to protect medical professionals from forced banishment.

They also urged the system to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for later this month at President Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla.-based Mar-a-Lago resort.

The open letter reads, “Through this action you are supporting a president who has, in his first ten days in office, reinstated the global gag rule, weakened the Affordable Care Act, fast-tracked construction of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines through legally protected native lands, and banned legal U.S. residents from majority-Muslim countries.”

Cleveland Clinic spokesperson Eileen Sheil said the hospital system is incredibly proud of its highly diverse workforce as well as patient population. But, Sheil indicated that the planned fundraiser could not be cancelled because the sole purpose of the event is to raise funds for important research.

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