A prayer event for the Kurdish people that was scheduled for this week at President Trump‘s hotel in D.C. was abruptly canceled, The Washington Post reported.
The event, dubbed “A Night of Prayer for the Kurds,” was planned by Frontier Alliance International (FAI), a nonprofit Christian organization that provides medical aid in the Middle East.
FAI’s administrator, Charlene Struebing, said hotel staff had expressed “security concerns.”
“They said they’ve gotten a lot of security concerns and they couldn’t accommodate enough security,” Struebing told the Post. “I think it’s more related to people protesting our event than it was anything we were doing.”
However, a D.C. police spokeswoman told the newspaper that it had not “received any information regarding potential security threats or concerns with this event.”
The group planned to hold the event after Trump’s recent decision to remove U.S. troops from the northeastern border of Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan followed Trump’s announcement by initiating a military offensive into Syria to fight the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group Erdoğan believes to be an enemy of Turkey.
After several days of fighting between the SDF and Turkish forces, Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo facilitated a five-day cease-fire between the two sides late last week. The cease-fire ended Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.
The Hill has reached out to Trump International Hotel and FAI.