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President Trump golfing at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., in December. Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images

The Professional Golfers' Association announced Sunday night that its board of directors voted "to terminate the agreement" to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at President Trump's New Jersey golf course.

Driving the news: PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said in a video posted to the organization's website it had "become clear" that having the championship hosted at Trump Bedminster "would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand, and would put at risk the PGA's ability to deliver our many programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission."

  • Waugh told AP the PGA had been left "in a political situation not of our making" and that "our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it."
  • "The damage could have been irreparable," he added. "The only real course of action was to leave."

What they're saying: The Trump Organization said in a statement to news outlets Sunday night it had enjoyed a "beautiful partnership" with the PGA of America and was "incredibly disappointed with their decision."

  • "This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement," the statement added.
  • "As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world."

Of note: This isn't the first time the PGA of America has removed an event from a Trump golf club.

The big picture: Several organizations have cut ties with Trump over last week's violence by some of the president's supporters in the U.S. Capitol — which has prompted criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • House Democrats are taking steps designed to lead to Trump being removed from office or impeached.
  • Trump is also now banned from a series of platforms that have cited concerns about further violence, with Twitter permanently suspending him and Facebook banning him until the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden is complete.

Go deeper: All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper

It's still Trump's party

Data: Axios research, ProPublica. (Non-voting members excluded). Graphic: Michelle McGhee and Sara Wise/Axios

He lied about the election being fixed. He incited an attack that left five dead at the U.S Capitol. He got impeached. Twice. But polling indicates Republicans still have his back — and views — by vast majorities.

Why it matters: Anyone who thinks Trump is a politically dead man walking appears pointedly dead wrong.

Moderna says vaccine appears to protect against new COVID-19 variants

Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is effective against new variants of the virus that first appeared in the U.K. and in South Africa, the company announced on Monday.

Yes, but: The vaccine was as effective against the strain from U.K., but saw a six-fold reduction in antibodies against the South Africa variant. Even still, the neutralizing antibodies generated by the vaccine "remain above levels that are expected to be protective," according to the company.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Updated 1 hour ago - World

Xi Jinping warns against "new cold war" in Davos speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Wang Zhao - Pool/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a "new cold war" could turn hot, and must be avoided, in a speech on Monday at World Economic Forum’s virtual “Davos Agenda” conference.

Why it matters: Xi didn't refer directly to U.S.-China tensions, but the subtext was clear. These were his first remarks to an international audience since the inauguration of President Biden, whose administration has already concurred with Donald Trump's determination that China is committing "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims, and issued a warning about China's aggression toward Taiwan.