Chef José Andrés cancels deal for restaurant in Trump's new hotel

Andrés, who is a Spanish immigrant, issued a statement Wednesday citing Trump's statements "disparaging immigrants" in his decision to cancel plans for an eatery at the Trump International Hotel.
Andrés says more than half of his team and many of his guests are Hispanic. (Photo: Archive/EL UNIVERSAL)
08/07/2015
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 Celebrity chef José Andrés is backing out of a plan to open a flagship restaurant in Donald Trump's new hotel under construction in Washington.

Andrés issued a statement Wednesday citing Trump's statements "disparaging immigrants" in his decision to cancel plans for an eatery at the Trump International Hotel.

Andrés is a Spanish immigrant and recently became a U.S. citizen.

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Trump said in a campaign speech June 16 that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists. He's been criticized but hasn't apologized. A host of organizations are severing or re-examining relationships with Trump.

Andrés says Trump's statements "make it impossible for my company and I to move forward." Andrés says more than half of his team and many of his guests are Hispanic.

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