Mr Trump smiled and put his thumbs up, while posing behind his desk in the Oval Office on Wednesday, with five Goya products including coconut milk and red kidney beans laid out in front of him.
Mr Unanue joined Mr Trump at an event at the White House’s Rose Garden last week and told reporters: “We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like president Trump who is a builder.”
He added that “we have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.”
After his comments, some of the president’s critics, including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, said they would boycott the brand.
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President Donald Trump has posted a picture to Instagram posing with Goya Foods products, following a boycott of the company last week after its CEO Robert Unanue publicly praised him.
The CEO of the Latino foods brand refused to apologise for praising the president and told Fox News that the boycott of Goya products that followed his comments were a “suppression of speech.”
Outrage as White House smears Fauci while Florida smashes coronavirus record and Houston considers new lockdown
Florida coronavirus cases spike again and Houston considers new lockdown
The spat comes as new cases of Covid-19 continue to surge in the Sun Belt states, with Florida reporting a record 15,299 cases on Sunday and the Texas city of Houston weighing a return to lockdown.
Florida’s spike marked the highest single-day increase of any US state since the pandemic began, the Department of Health recording a new total of 269,811 positive cases. The Sunshine State’s death toll also rose by four, making a total of 514 deaths from Covid-19 in the last week. Disney World reopened in Orlando over the weekend, to the horror of many.
California previously held the record for the highest single-day increase with 11,694 cases on Wednesday. New York recorded 11,571 on 15 April at the height of the outbreak there but yesterday recorded its first day without a coronavirus death since March, a remarkable achievement.
In Texas, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo, both Democrats, said this weekend that a stay-at-home order is needed for America’s fourth-largest city to cope with the Covid-19 surge.
The call comes after a week in which Texas continued to break records for confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths linked to the disease. State health officials reported 8,196 new cases Sunday, another 80 deaths and a total of 10,410 people hospitalised due to the virus.
The decision over a lockdown, however, rests with Republican governor Greg Abbott — who has resisted this step, saying it should be a last resort.
In all, the US is now on 3.37m cases of coronavirus and as many as 137,000 deaths.
Here’s Vincent Wood with the latest on the crisis.