Eric Trump Says He Was Spit on at Greek-Owned Cocktail Lounge in Chicago

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo, Eric Trump appears on the "Fox & friends" television program, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump said the U.S. Secret Service took an employee of a Chicago cocktail lounge into custody after she spit on him.

Eric Trump told Breitbart News in a telephone interview that it was “purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems.” He implied that the incident was an example of Democrats’ showing frustration for the successes of his father’s Republican administration.

“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility,” he said. “When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

His comments came after reports of the alleged spitting incident Tuesday night at The Aviary in Chicago’s trendy West Loop area.

The lounge’s owners, the award-winning Alinea Group, said in a statement Wednesday that they’re “just beginning to learn the details” of the “unfortunate incident,” but the employee who allegedly spat upon Eric Trump has been placed on leave.

“What is certain is this: no customer should ever be spit upon,” the statement said.

Alinea Group says its human relations team but declined to discuss details. It said employees have received threats and that fake reviews are being posted about the lounge. It said people are wrong to call for the lounge to be closed, as are others who are “praising this as an act of civil disobedience.”

The statement adds: “We hope this incident can, at least, serve to illuminate the current absurdity of the discourse in our politics.”

One of the restaurant group’s co-owners, Nick Kokonas, invited the national champion Clemson football team to eat at his restaurants in January after President Trump served them fast food at the White House.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter that officers assisted the Secret Service with a “law enforcement matter” and deferred inquiries to the agency.

The Secret Service, White House and Trump Organization, which Eric Trump helps run, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from the AP.

There have been other public confrontations involving those associated with Trump and his administration.

In June 2018, The Red Hen restaurant in Virginia refused to serve President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman , Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the request of gay employees who objected to how Sanders defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. That triggered debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public.

Several other Trump administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, were confronted in public around that time amid fury over an administration policy that led to an increase in the number of migrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally.

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  1. Associated Press ..actually singled out .and identified as Greeks … the owners of a lounge in Chicago, who perpetrated a spitting fit on Eric Trump, who with Israeli Ahepa Mason Robert Menendez have been spitting on the sovereignty of Greece and Cyprus and waging outright economic , political , and military war thru out the world including threatening to ” Obliterate” 80 million Iranians for only being guilty of complying with an International agreement by the major powers of the International community to not produce nuclear warheads and certified by the International Atomic Energy Commission inspectors, as of today!

    Importantly, Associated Press and distorts the evidence to impune Greeks,.since, it does not acknowledge that the owners are American Nationals, not Greek!

    The employee of the restaurant who spit on Trump..may not even be Greek , but just one of many enemies of Trump,.like Mexican,, Black, LGBT, Muslim and the entire latin American community who has been decimated by US regime changes thru out South America ..like now Venezuela and Cuba!

    Americans consider Fake News of TNH and Mainstream Media their number one problem..who promote bias and propagande lies.to serve financial sponsors who own our congress and news media to promote the interests of warmongers and special interest groups..who are the financial sponsors of their fake news!

    TNH.,stop identifying the actions of “Made in American” citizens..as Greeks!

    You insult my ancestors!

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