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Jose Andres calls for truce in tweet to Trump

The Old Post Officer undergoes renovations in this July 8, 2015 file photo. Celebrity chef Jose Andres tweeted at President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday suggesting the two settle their lawsuits over a restaurant at the recently opened Trump International Hotel inside the Old Post Office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Celebrity chef Jose Andres suggested on Twitter Tuesday that the money he and President-elect Donald Trump have spent on lawsuits over a failed Trump hotel restaurant could be better spent helping others.

“Can we end our lawsuits and donate money to a veteran’s (nongovernment organization) to celebrate? Why keep litigating? Let’s both of us win,” Andres tweeted.

Trump had not responded as of midafternoon, although Andres’ tweet had been retweeted at least 85 times and liked 152 times.

Andres canceled plans to open a restaurant in the new Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in protest over campaign trail comments Trump made about immigrants.

Trump sued Andres for breach of contract. Andres countersued.

Trump is scheduled for a deposition by Andres’ defense attorneys in Trump’s $10 million breach of contract suit.

Trump also has a breach of contract lawsuit pending against another celebrity chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, who also backed out of plans to open a restaurant at Trump’s new D.C. hotel.

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