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Solidcore founder faces backlash after revealing that she requested a sit-down with client Ivanka Trump

Anne Mahlum is seeking a meeting with Ivanka Trump. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

After facing backlash for her handling of an A-list client, Anne Mahlum, the founder of Solidcore, explained why she had requested a meeting with Ivanka Trump.

In a note that went out to the Solidcore “community”on Friday, Mahlum acknowledged the “controversy” surrounding a Facebook post in which the gym’s owner announced that she wanted to talk politics with Trump, who had attended a Solidcore class under an alias. In that Facebook post published on Thursday, Mahlum wrote that President Trump was “threatening the rights of many of my beloved clients and coaches.”

A day later, Mahlum backtracked a bit, explaining in her note that the original post didn’t “communicate” her company’s “commitment to openness.”

After word got out last week that Mahlum had written about Trump’s visit, the criticism on social media came swiftly, prompting the fitness CEO to make her Twitter profile private.

“I take full responsibility for that failure. It’s important to know that at no point did I say that Ivanka would not be able to attend [Solidcore] classes and service was not denied to her,” Mahlum wrote. “Our clients represent a spectrum of different races, religions, sexual orientations and political beliefs, all of whom are welcome here proudly.”

Mahlum went on to say that she reached out to Trump not only to have a discussion but to “suggest that we set up private classes for her in the future,” a perk afforded to Solidcore’s other VIP clients.

“Ivanka is welcome at [Solidcore] and we hope she comes back,” Mahlum concluded.