Donald Trump invites Hispanic leaders to lunch at Miami's Versailles
The question has lingered in Florida politics since Donald Trump swept the March presidential primary: How would the presumptive Republican nominee make nice with Hispanics in Miami-Dade County, the only place in the state where he lost?
The answer — or at least the beginning of it — comes Friday, when Trump will hold his first Miami campaign events in more than eight months. They will be aimed broadly at Latinos — and specifically at Cuban Americans, who have historically voted Republican but have yet to fully embrace Trump.
The New York developer has invited a group of 20-30 Hispanic community leaders — elected politicians, business people and pastors — to a casual lunch Friday at the iconic Versailles Cuban Restaurant on Southwest Eighth Street. Later, Trump will speak to a larger audience of invited guests at the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center.
Neither event is open to the general public. Trump’s goal is to start winning over Latino luminaries willing to sit down with him — and perhaps influence their circles of friends and co-workers to give Trump a chance.
“This is an opportunity for him to listen,” Karen Giorno, Trump’s senior political adviser and Florida campaign chief, said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “There are some people that, I’m not gonna lie, they don’t know him. So they only know what they’ve heard. This is their opportunity to get to know the candidate.”