Trump Organization and celebrity chef settle lawsuit

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The Trump Organization, President Trump’s business enterprise, settled a lawsuit Friday that it had filed in 2015 against Washington, D.C.-based celebrity chef, José Andrés.

According to The Washington Post, the case was brought following Andrés’ refusal to collaborate with The Trump Organization on a restaurant, citing Trump’s immigration rhetoric as his reason.

“I am glad that we are able to put this matter behind us and move forward as friends,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a joint statement with Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. “Without question, this is a ‘win-win’ for both of our companies.”

“Going forward, we are excited about the prospects of working together with The Trump Organization on a variety of programs to benefit the community,” Andrés noted.

Terms of the settlement were not revealed.

In 2015, Andrés refused to open a formerly-agreed-upon flagship restaurant in Trump International Hotel in D.C. and was sued by Donald Trump.

Andrés, an immigrant from Spain, contended that he made the decision because he was offended when Trump criticized immigrants from Mexico early in his presidential campaign.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said June 16, 2015, at Trump Tower in New York City. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump filed the $10-million lawsuit against Andrés, alleging a breach-of-contract.

In January, then-President-elect Trump executed a deposition in the case just prior to Inauguration Day.

Chef David Burke’s BLT Prime restaurant was substituted for Andrés’ enterprise in Trump International Hotel which opened in October 2016.

H/T: The Hill

 

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