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Latest Partner to Ditch Trump Could Face Massive Lawsuit

World renowned Washington DC-based chef Jose Andres told the Washington Post Wednesday that he is backing out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant of Donald Trump’s new luxury Washington hotel because of comments The Donald made about immigration.

Well, not so fast.

Andres, who himself is an immigrant from Spain who has spoken out in the past on immigration issues, said he’s finished with Trump:

More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests.  And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.

Well, actually, he might just be getting started with Trump. Unlike larger businesses which have “amicably” severed ties with him in recent days, Trump is threatening to make things extremely hot in the kitchen for Andres.

Wrote his son, Donald Trump Jr:

Our relationship with José Andrés has always been a good one, but simply put, José has no right to terminate or otherwise abandon his obligations under the lease. In the event Mr. Andrés defaults in the performance of his obligations, we will not hesitate to take legal action to recover all unpaid rent for the entire 10 year term together with all attorneys’ fees and additional damages we may sustain. We will also enforce the exclusivity provisions preventing Mr. Andrés from opening a competing restaurant anywhere in the D.C area.  Mr. Andrés’ obligations under the lease are clear and unambiguous.

Ten years of rent? At a Trump hotel? Uh oh. Not sure even Trump would want to pay that.

Who knows if this is bluster? But Trump is now clearly trying to stop the bleeding, putting others on notice that the days of kiss-and-say-goodbye are over.

Meantime, the Post reported a couple of days ago that many workers at the hotel site may be here illegally:

Interviews with about 15 laborers helping renovate the Old Post Office Pavilion revealed that many of them had crossed the U.S-Mexico border illegally before they eventually settled in the Washington region to build new lives.

Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday that he cannot “guarantee” everyone on the site is legal, but he has tried to ensure that they are and would fire any who are not.

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35 Responses to Latest Partner to Ditch Trump Could Face Massive Lawsuit

  1. This is much ado about nuttin’. Trump is not anti-immigrant, he’s anti-criminal. And most of America (including Hispanics) silently nod their heads in agreement.

    Yesterday, in my back yard of Westchester, one illegal was charged with the murder of another over the July 4th Weekend. 5 miles from Hillary’s house. Wonder why that CNN interview never mentioned it….

    H

    • I’d like to agree with you, but can’t.
      This is a big “ado” – MrTrump has hit a screaming nerve and liberals are scrambling in every manner to shut him up.
      The RINOs have joined in against MrTrump to save their own skins from the MSM/social media flaying.
      Big business wants to protect their image and customer base by kicking anyone who dares tell the truth about the illegal aliens; that’s understandable
      What isn’t clear is how the Repubs and Dems think the voting pubic is in favor of illegal aliens invading our country.

      MrTrump doesn’t have a silver-tongued approach to his campaign, but sometimes the truth is ugly and base.

  2. I know someone who is here legally from China whose very difficult marriage recently ended. She’s trying to get her green card renewed with the hopes of eventually becoming a US citizen. So far, she’s spent about $30,000 in the process.

  3. Well known that high-end restaurants have largely Hispanic cooking crews. Esp, Ecuadorans. Trump is playing hardball–he mocked NASCAR and some other place who pulled a meeting out of his golf resort by saying they could kiss their deposits good-bye and he would collect another desposit from someone else.

    • They are trying to use liberal intimidation tactics on him and he ain’t gonna give.

      The libs and the RINOS are terrified of him because, as he is not the most eloquent of speakers, he is taking them to the mat and forcing them to state their opinions on these matters.

      He is not stupid, he is blunt.

      Blunt is refreshing in this day and age of milquetoast wishy washy crap that the politicians spew at us.

      You keep going Trump, shove it right back down their throats.

      Refuse to take the crap that the MSM is going to slam you with.

      • Try this one on for size, AFVet: would we rather have Trump negotiating with the Iranian dictators, or Obama? Would we rather have Trump or Obama going toe to toe with, say, Putin? Or ISIS? Or with the Mexican regime? Or with the D’s AND R’s in Congress for that matter. Or with the Progressive MSM? Or with the pro-illegal immigrant proponents?

        We are starving for decisive, pro-American leadership, and have been for a very long time. Trump is famous for picking excellent people to run his businesses and making them accountable for what they do. Just that alone is worth a lot.

        At any rate, Trump has raised the stakes, has smoked out the phonies, and gotten a bit of focus in the discussion.

        Would he be a good President. No one knows. We never can tell before a newly minted Presidents sits down in the Oval Office for the first time.

  4. Trump knew he’d be a lightning rod when he announced, and here we are. It took him about 20 minutes to smoke out RINOS Bush, Rubio and Christie when they started quoting what the MSM said Trump said, rather than what Trump actually said. That says a lot about those three candidates. And it ain’t pretty. If we can’t trust them with the little things, how can we trust them with the big things?

    • Trump is not a wuss.
      He is not a politician, he is a businessman.
      He didn’t get where he is by being a pussy.

      He has said, if the deal you want isn’t going your way, get up and leave.

      He loves America, and so did Reagan.

      Faults, yes, all of us have them.
      However, the mission is the goal.

      Right now the goal is to get this Country back on track to being the finest in the world.

      I think Trump can do it.
      So far, I think that he has the will to do it.

        • The RINO’s and Libretards are wanting to do what they did to Pallin. Get rid of the threat.
          They all know they are doing what Americans do not want. But they do it anyway.
          I am sick of the illegals and those that defend them.
          I want Trump for President!

    • I have a little rant below about the Vichy Republicans on the Trump firing squad — I forgot Christie. Thanks for the prompt. :)

      • I like your idea of Trump as a filter…..I agree. Also like a lantern in the backyard used to attract mosquitoes away from the barbecue. Interesting roles he’s playing.

  5. “…I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status”

    Part of being respectful is obeying the laws of the land. Is Andres saying illegal immigrants deserve respect when they give none? Yes, he is. And, No, they don’t. I’m with Trump.

    We should treat them respectfully as human beings as we deport them.

  6. I’m astonished at the continuing Trump fallout. can’t everybody just take a chill pill? I’m Jewish, and if I got offended at all the horrible things people (including some in the Obama administration) say about Jews, I’d be hysterical all the time.

    we used to allow people to be idiots in this country. apparently that is no longer allowed (unless you’re a progressive idiot and then it’s ok).

    I dislike Trump and think he’s a clown…but I’m on his side about this.

  7. Good for Trump to have the ability, through
    contracts, to give some of the idiots who want out of their contracts (but not really because they want to be PC) are relieved that
    Trump is holding their feet to the fire …..
    Betcha they’re relieved not to have to get out
    of those lucrative contracts..wheew….I’m so
    tired of PC and fake PC…. That marxist in
    the White House has surely caused a chain reaction with his plotted…”fundamentally
    transform America”…look what this has done!

    • “the Marxist in the White House…..” has awakened this Country to what can happen when we go to sleep.

      Jimmy Carter was a bad dream,…this regime is a nightmare.

  8. All the while Benedict Arnold’s schedule is
    so busy……seems he and bit me have lunch
    most of the time and his days seem extremely
    light…..I wish his schedule could be published for ALL to see…He’s now reaping
    what he has sown…a country completely divided, chaos, and all he set forth to do is
    now working……everything is PC and doesn’t
    seem to be letting up. This Chef knows his
    contract has to be honored…and probably feels he has to take a PC stand, but secretly
    is pleased knowing he has to keep that ten
    year lucrative contract. This kind of thing
    just didn’t happen before this imperial president.

  9. Good on Trump. He is being unfairly isolated and targeted by the Progressive Socialists aka Democrats and by all Vichy Republicans. Not really a big Trump fan, but I respect what he is doing and how he is responding. And it gives me a very good filter on weeding out the massive field of Republican “candidates” — so far, those in the Republican Trump firing squad — Perry (now sounding desperate), Fiorina (disappointing and unnecessary) and of course, Jeb and his puppy Rubio. I have gone back and forth on Rubio, he is my Senator. It is good to finally pull the plug on that.

    • Yes Grace !
      That is what I was talking about.
      Let Trump go, he’s doing what should have been done well before now, and has the guts to do it.

      I want to see them all sweat bullets.

      You go Donald Trump, stick ’em.

  10. DC’s a sanctuary city so illegal immigrants can work legally there. Subcontractors love them, work harder and cheaper than union guys.

    WaPo should have mentioned that.

    • WAPO is a sanctuary newspaper for lost in the ozone Progressive liberal moonbats. No harm will come to them while working there. ;+}

  11. Trump also told Anderson Cooper that the laborers in question are employees of the contractor doing the work. The contractor should be the person who answers the question about hiring illegals, not Trump.
    This is all a witch hunt put on by the left. And a ratings bonanza for the media.
    I do not think Donald Trump should be president, but he sure does have everyone’s knickers in a twist doesn’t he?

  12. Donald Trump has had the audacity to interrupt the Rep. party’s slow painful suicide and they can’t stand it.

    btw: nobody’s pointing out that he’s wrong. They’re just pointing and yelling, “BUT LOOK AT HIS HAIR!!!”

    (really enjoy reading this comment section. Very refreshing opinions)

  13. […] Latest partner to ditch Trump could face massive lawsuit . . . World renowned Washington DC-based chef Jose Andres told the Washington Post Wednesday that he is backing out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant of Donald Trump’s new luxury Washington hotel because of comments The Donald made about immigration. Well, not so fast. White House Dossier […]

  14. Good for Trump. He has Every right to go after the Future Rent. He does have an obligation to Mitigate his Damages by finding another Tenant for the Space. But unlike replacing Toy Store #1 with Toy Store #2 this Restauranteur is supposedly a Unique Individual with a Unique Menu and a Unique Following. Thus it May be Impossible to Replace Him and Trump is under No Obligation to Settle for another Steak House or Hamburger Joint which are found everywhere.

    Jose Andres should think Long and Hard about this. Even if he Prevails in Court he will be spending Hundreds of Thousands in Attorney Fees.

    But the Real Losers are his Workers. A Fine Restaurant in a Trump Hotel will bring Lots of Rich Customers who pay for Expensive Meals and Leave Large Tips. So He is Really Hurting his Own Employees. Probably takes 50 to 100 Employees to run a Restaurant like this.

  15. That is just stupid of Andres , a knee jerk reaction, if he had seen that Trump was talking about shoring up our borders to keep the bad stuff out. NOT a reflection or comment about all Mexicans or latinos.
    Ridiculous. Andres should apologize,and others.
    Trump is employing and sticking up for them. Creating jobs.. who else is doing that?