- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2018

Celebrity chef José Andrés has walked back the allegation that Ivanka Trump had a hand in blocking him from an Alfalfa Club after-party Saturday night in D.C.

Mr. Andrés sparked a firestorm on Twitter over the weekend when he pointed his finger at the first daughter after he was denied entry into Georgetown’s Cafe Milano for the 105th Alfalfa Club dinner’s exclusive after-party.

The tweet, which is still active on Mr. Andres’ account, fetched more than 13,000 retweets and was spread by former Obama administration official Ronald Klain and fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, among many others.

Cafe Milano responded by saying the whole thing was a “misunderstanding.”

Ivanka Trump also issued a statement on the matter, saying, “I am thankful for Jose’s clarification. I had nothing to do with anything that transpired relating to him last night at the restaurant.”

Mr. Andres thanked the first daughter and acknowledged that she “had nothing to do” with the incident. Hours later, he appeared to flip-flop again, writing that he stood by his account of what happened.

Mr. Andrés, an outspoken critic of President Trump, pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in D.C. after then-candidate Mr. Trump made disparaging comments about illegal immigrants in June 2015. The Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Mr. Andrés, and he countersued. Both parties reached a settlement in April 2017.

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