Frontier Alliance International (FAI) planned to host an event at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., next week to honor and pray for the Kurdish people after they came under Turkish attack.
But according to The Washington Post, the Trump Organization notified the group, a religious nonprofit that provides medical aid in the Middle East, that its event had been canceled.
Dalton Thomas, founder of the organization, told The Post that the reason for the cancellation was “hazy.” Hotel staff reportedly said there were “security concerns” surrounding the gathering, as people opposed to FAI’s choice of location for the event were planning to protest.
“They said they’ve gotten a lot of security concerns and they couldn’t accommodate enough security,” said group administrator Charlene Struebing. “I think it’s more related to people protesting our event than it was anything we were doing.”
The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment, but a spokeswoman for the D.C. police told the newspaper the department “has not received any information regarding potential security threats or concerns with this event.”
In an online video posted Sunday, Thomas said the group chose President Donald Trump’s hotel to hold their event, called “A Night of Prayer for the Kurds,” to show “honor and respect and humility” while also being “honest about what’s taking place” with the Kurds, The Post reported.
He added that it would make for good publicity for the issue because “every news story somehow ends up being all about Trump.”
The FAI event has now been moved to the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel, Thomas said.