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D.C.'s Mayor Wants Donald Trump to Lay off José Andrés

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Lawsuits hurt the business community, she says.

Protestors at the Trump Hotel project in DC
Protestors at the Trump Hotel project in DC
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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser may have a working relationship with the Trumps due to their upcoming hotel project, but that doesn't mean she's thrilled with the presidential candidate's lawsuit against chef José Andrés.

The Washington Post reports Bowser spoke out about the situation Tuesday.

"That hotel is important to the District...What is very difficult for us is, if you take the politics out of it, is that one of our business owners could be harmed in some dealings with the Trumps, which troubles me a lot. So we really would like them to resolve that."

Trump filed a lawsuit against Andrés back in July after the chef backed out of the hotel project due to the candidate's inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. The chef countersued in October, and the situation has not yet been resolved.

The Post talked to Andrés, who didn't seem too concerned with the mayor's involvement. "Everybody is on their own. This is a free country if [she] wants to do that," he said.