José Andrés to attend State of the Union as Pelosi's guest
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José Andrés will attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on 0-per-week unemployment benefit MORE (D-Calif.)

The celebrity chef and philanthropist — a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE — revealed he would be among those at the Capitol for the annual event, writing Monday night:

On Tuesday, Pelosi’s office confirmed Andrés would be in attendance as the Speaker’s guest. Pelosi also invited another high-profile chef, Tyler Florence, to attend Trump’s annual address.


Andrés made headlines in recent weeks for feeding furloughed federal employees during the partial government shutdown via World Central Kitchen, his disaster relief effort.

Last month, Pelosi and other lawmakers toured one of Andrés's temporary kitchens in Washington that was helping provide meals for government workers.

The shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, resulted in a delay of Trump’s bicameral address, which had originally been scheduled for Jan. 29.

Along with the two celebrity chefs, Pelosi also invited a pair of transgender service members; Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.; D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, among others.