Feast Fit For A Shutdown: Donald Trump Serves Fast Food At White House Event
In the White House State Dining Room, under Abraham Lincoln's stern gaze, Donald Trump laid out a feast of "great American food" for a visiting college football team.
The Clemson Tigers, dressed to the nines and now the NCAA college football national champions, were treated to silver platters piled high with Mcdonald's Big Macs and Wendy's burgers -- and no shortage of fries.
“I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger Kings with some pizza. I really mean it. It will be interesting,” Trump told reporters before the dinner.
“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff,” he later said standing in front of some 300 burgers, having made good on his bizarre promise.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained the choice of cuisine -- which the president paid for out of his own millionaire pocket -- was chosen, in part, due to the partial US government shutdown.
Among the 800,000 federal workers who have been caught in the shutdown's crossfire are White House catering staff, who have been furloughed without pay.
“So I had a choice,” he said during the meal.
“Do we have no food for you? Because we have a shutdown. Or do we give you some little, quick salads that the First Lady will make?” he asked.
“I said, you guys aren’t into salads.”
Now the longest in US history, the shutdown is stretching into its 24th day as Trump fights with Congress over funding for his Mexico border wall project.
Shutdown discussion aside, punters on social media had plenty to say about the rather odd event, including but not limited to the very real possibility the food was cold by the time it got to the players, and the unusual pairing of gold candelabras and fine silverware with quarter pounders and nuggets.
How professional athletes might have felt about being fed thousand-calorie burgers was also a point of consideration.
It's a pairing we've seen a lot of before -- Trump and fast food -- and much has been written about the president's diet which according to his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, consists largely of fast food and diet coke.