A restaurant belonging to former President Donald Trump turned away a group of patrons because they wouldn’t provide proof they’d been vaccinated for COVID-19, The Sun reports.
The restaurant, Trump Grill, is located in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The incident took place on Thursday. According to The Sun, the individuals had made reservations to eat at Trump Grill, where they were met with employees who asked them to demonstrate their vaccination status.
New York City has long had some of the strongest COVID-related restrictions in the country, with residents needing to prove they’ve rolled up their sleeves to gain entry to many venues including indoor restaurants and stadiums.
Last week, the group thought that because former President Trump has come out as against vaccine mandates, they would be allowed to enter the restaurant freely. But when they refused to prove their vaccination status, they were turned away by authorities who attempted to explain the regulations, The Sun reported.
“Prove to us”
“Prove to us that we are a threat,” one individual said to a police officer, according to The Sun. “The burden of proof is on them because they are assuming that we are a threat because we don’t have a vaccine. Well, prove to me that we are a threat.”
Another expressed his disappointment in Trump.
“I thought as a man, who’s for America, he would stand up, pay a $1,000 fine, and let us eat freely – you know the man’s a billionaire, he can afford a $1,000 fine,” the individual said, as The Sun reported. “It would make him look good. But instead, he’s had his people not serve us and it just exposed him as a fraud. All talk but no action.”
The former president, for his part, has not commented on the situation that occurred at the New York restaurant, though he has spoken out against vaccine mandates like those imposed by his successor.
He’s a strong proponent of the vaccines themselves, however. The fully vaccinated former president has called the development of COVID-19 vaccines “one of the greatest achievements of mankind,” as Breitbart reports.
“I came up with a vaccine — with three vaccines — all are very, very good,” he said in a recent interview. “Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years.”
Still, Trump isn’t in favor of forcing people to get the jabs. “People have to have their freedom,” he said earlier this month, according to Breitbart.