D.C. Residents Calling on Chef José Andrés to ‘Dump Trump’

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The hotel will open in 2016, but D.C. residents say the restaurant shouldn’t
D.C. Wants to ‘Dump Trump’

Aurélie Jouan

Petitioners want chef José Andrés to cancel plans to open a restaurant in the future Trump International Hotel.

UPDATE, July 8, 6:02 p.m.: Chef José Andrés confirmed that he will be canceling plans to open his restaurant in the future Trump International Hotel, saying: "As a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status," Andres said.

Donald Trump has been under fire for making remarks about Mexican immigrants last month, accusing them of “bringing crime” and “being rapists.” The 2016 Republican presidential candidate has lost his ties with companies such as Macy’s, NBC Universal, Serta, and Univision, which oversees the Miss Universe pageant. Now, people are petitioning Washington, D.C., chef José Andrés to cancel his restaurant in the future Trump International Hotel in an outcry they refer to as “Dump Trump.”

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The petition is hosted on Change.org, and asks that Andrés reconsiders opening his restaurant at the Trump Hotel in 2016. The Spanish-born chef of ThinkFoodGroup, who owns restaurants like Jaleo, barmini by José Andrés, and Zatinya, among others, is revered as the “unofficial Ambassador of Spain.”

On July 2, Andrés tweeted that his views on immigration are “clear” and that “all men and women should be treated respectfully regardless of their status.”

The petition has over 1,000 signatures and reads: “We are proud to have José Andrés in Washington, D.C., which is why we hope he decides that Donald Trump is not someone he should do business with… Dump Trump, José.”

The Trump International Hotel is projected to open in mid-2016 at the historic Old Post Office, which has been redeveloped for $200 million. There are already allegations that Trump has hired undocumented workers from Mexico to work on the construction of the luxury hotel.

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