WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is recognizing the contributions of Latino entrepreneurs to the United States during a White House event for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

"America is winning again and Hispanic-owned businesses are leading the way," Trump said Monday after hearing from two Latino owners of restaurant chains.

President Donald Trump listens as business owner Irina Vilarino speaks during an Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza attended with dozens of business, faith, community and local elected leaders gathered at the East Room, who at one point started chanting "four more years" in reference to a potential Trump re-election in 2020.

Joel Garza, entrepreneur and owner at Sonic Drive-in, second from right, talks to President Donald Trump, second from left, as Luis G. Rivera Marín, Secretary of State and Lt. Governor of Puerto Rico, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right listen, during a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, New Mexico Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, sent a letter last week to Trump rejecting his invitation to the event because she considers his policies harmful to the Hispanic community.

Source: The Associated Press

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