Former President Donald Trump made an unexpected stop Tuesday at an iconic Miami eatery to greet well-wishers after related to his alleged mishandling and concealment of classified White House documents.
“Food for everyone,” Trump, 76, shouted to his supporters inside the Versailles restaurant and cafe in Little Havana.
The legendary establishment has long been at the center of Miami’s Cuban exile community – which is more Republican-leaning and Trump-supporting than the rest of South Florida.
The Calle Ocho restaurant is also a traditional photo-op stop for political hopefuls and visiting dignitaries.
Trump, who turns 77 on Wednesday, was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” by his supporters during the impromptu visit.
“Some birthday … we have a government that’s out of control,” he could be heard saying over the singing.
He also shook hands with recently retired mixed martial artist and Miami native Jorge Masvidal at the café, telling the crowd, “This guy, great champ. Just don’t fight him.”
The former president also greeted a pastor and a rabbi, who offered prayers to the only president in US history to be indicted on federal charges.
“President Trump visits Cafe Versailles and is greeted by supporters and the Hispanic community as they prayed with him. They all know this is a witch-hunt!” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung wrote on Twitter.
“Our Cuban-American community in Miami welcomed President Trump with open arms at the iconic Versailles Café. The cafecito there is my favorite!” Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), who is Cuban-American, tweeted after Trump’s visit.
Trump posted on his Truth Social media platform shortly after appearing at the eatery.
“Thank you Miami,” he wrote. “Such a warm welcome on such a SAD DAY for our Country!”