Contractor That Detains Migrant Children Scraps Holiday Party At Trump Golf Club
Caliburn International, the contractor that helps house detained migrant children across the U.S., has cancelled their holiday party at the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, according to Newsweek.
Leadership sent out an email to workers on Monday that notified them of the change in venue for their annual holiday party.
“Our team leaders have made the decision to change the venue so that our employee holiday event is focused on the spirit of compassion and thankfulness to our employees who work every day supporting missions of humanitarian service, national security, and medical care around the world,” the email stated.
Caliburn’s initial decision to host their annual party at a Trump property drew repeated criticisms for whether it is ethical for a government body or contractor to host an event at one of Trump’s venues, as reports of Secret Service and U.S. Air Force spending comes to light.
Virginia Canter, the chief ethics counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told CBS that it was not “any small coincidence” that a government contractor would be “patronizing a Trump business.”
“Is it normal in this administration? Yes, but obviously for a contractor that has hundreds of millions of dollars in business before the federal government, I don’t think it’s any small coincidence that they’re patronizing a Trump business,” Canter said. “These facilities are ways for people to influence the administration. So it’s not just buying influence, it’s also buying access.”