The Washington Post first reported on Wednesday that Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, made a phone call to Donald Trump in response to growing concerns within the party about his “inflammatory” rhetoric regarding immigration.
Although the 45 minute conversation was described as “cordial,” Priebus allegedly told the GOP presidential candidate to “tone it down.”
Trump has since disputed that report, because… it’s Trump.
By his account, the call — which Trump claims was only 10 minutes — was more of an ‘attaboy’ moment than a reprimanding — claiming that the RNC chairman told him he “hit a “nerve”” and that he is “doing well”:
Totally false reporting on my call with @Reince Priebus. He called me, ten minutes, said I hit a “nerve”, doing well, end!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2015
While Trump may be “doing well” in the polls, his businesses have been taking a hit with the most recent causality of his anti-immigration remarks being his hotel partnership with DC-based restaurateur and celebrity chef José Andrés.
Andrés, a proud Spanish-American immigrant himself, officially pulled the plug on a deal that would open a “flagship restaurant” in Trump’s new D.C. hotel due to his “disparaging” remarks — citing his own experience as a naturalized citizen, as well as the immigrant status of many of his employees.
“Donald Trump’s recent statements disparaging immigrants make it impossible for my company and I to move forward with opening a successful Spanish restaurant in Trump International’s upcoming hotel in Washington, D.C.,” he wrote in an official statement. “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.”
Trump, who says he intends to sue Univision for $500 million over backing out of the Miss USA deal, has since claimed he will also sue the D.C. restaurateur over his 10-year lease, as well as an exclusivity clause that prohibits him from opening competing restaurants in the Washington-area.