Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy

Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Monday said a restaurant gave him free food because the owner "appreciated" what he was doing in his fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

"My experience at restaurants: I ordered take out at a Greek restaurant," Lieu tweeted. "When I arrived, the owner saw me & threw in a free baklava (one of my favorite desserts). He said he appreciated what I was doing. I guess that's what happens when one opposes ripping kids away from parents."

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Lieu's tweet comes as he and many other lawmakers are pressuring the Trump administration to reunite the thousands of families that were divided at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

His experience also serves as a contrast to the treatment that some Trump administration officials have received while dining out in public. On separate occasions in June, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report Trump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE were confronted by protestors while they dined out at Mexican restaurants. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also asked to leave a Virginia restaurant over her role in the Trump administration. 

Lieu has been highly critical of Trump over his immigration policies. In late June, he criticized Congress for going on recess despite thousands of migrant families remaining separated. He said it was "evil and shameful" that no Democratic bill had been brought to the floor to address the crisis.

“Have a nice vacation,” he added.

Last Friday, a federal judge said that the Department of Justice must comply with a previously mandated deadline to reunify separated migrant children with their parents. The deadline to reunite children under 5 years old with their parents is Tuesday. Children ages 5 to 17 must be reunited by July 26, "unless there is an articulable reason," according to U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw.