Former CEO Says Trump Compared NY Restaurant Renovation to Afghanistan War

The former CEO and the former owner of an upper-crust restaurant in New York responded to President Donald Trump’s comments and claims about the renovation of the restaurant, The Hill reports.

The president was said to compare the war to the renovation of New York’s 21 Club restaurant in the 1980s, claiming that the 21 Club owner lost money and a year of business after hiring an expensive consultant recommending him to get a bigger kitchen, something the waiters could have suggested. The former owner and the former CEO, on the other hand, have dismissed those claims.

“I have no idea what was in his head. I never have,” Marshall Cogan, who owned the restaurant from 1985 to 1995, told Page Six.

Ken Aretsky, who had been CEO of the restaurant from 1986 to 1995, also told Page Six that no consultant was ever hired for the renovation and the renovation took less than six months.

“I’m proud of the job I did at ‘21.’ I got a great kick out of reading about Trump’s comparison of our renovation to the war in Afghanistan, but everything he said is wrong,” Aretsky told Page Six.

Allegedly, Trump made complaints to officials last week, during a meeting with his national security team, that the war in Afghanistan was not going as he expected.

“We aren’t winning. We are losing,” Trump reportedly said while pushing to replace the general overseeing the war, General John Nicholson.

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