MIAMI — Spanish celebrity chef and Miami resident José Andrés, has had no qualms about criticizing the Trumps, especially after their response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the Andrés provided more than three million warm meals to desperate islanders, while the president handed out paper towels.
But now he’s starting to backpedal.
After Maria, Andrés said, “We didn’t plan, we didn’t meet, we began cooking and began delivering food to the people in need in Puerto Rico. We need to make sure that next time, we are not negotiating contracts, and the federal government is ready to do what they’re supposed to do, next time something like this happens.”
Fighting words, and Andres spent the weekend laying down more fighting words, suggesting on Saturday that Ivanka Trump put the kibosh on his access to an event on Cafe Milano.
“‘Everyone’s welcome to the after-party, but I’m not allowed in?” Andrés said, lambasting the owner, Franco Nuschese, by tweeting “Thank you @CafeMilanoDC Franco Nuschese! I was a guest of the #alfalfaclubdinner2018 “everyone”welcome to the after party, but I’m the only individual not allow in? Is because @IvankaTrump told you so? You should be ashamed of yourself Franco. @washingtonpost”
Jorge Guajardo, however, a Mexican ambassador was in Andrés’ corner, stating he was not let in “apparently because his presence made Ivanka uncomfortable.” Ivanka’s only response has been that Andrés wasn’t on the guest list.
Now, the chef has toned down his remarks stating he’s “ready to move on.”
Yesterday, Andrés made nice with the first daughter by tweeting, “Thank you @IvankaTrump for reaching out. I believe now that you personally had nothing to do. Let’s now work on what’s important: Immigration reform, where #DACADreamers and Undocumented citizens will become part of a strong USA. With secure borders. With economic growth.”
Good luck with that.