Clemson University’s national-champion football team visited the White House on Monday night. And with much of the residence staff on furlough because of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump did what many families do when mom or dad isn’t around to cook — he ordered delivery.
The players feasted on a spread from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, along with Domino’s pizza — “great American food,” as Trump described it.
“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff,” Trump said, according to CNN, “300 hamburgers, many, many french fries — all of our favorite foods.” Trump later told reporters he’d ordered “about 1,000 hamburgers.” Either way, there were plenty of burgers on hand.
There was even, reportedly, salad.
“We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we’re going to have a little fun,” Trump told reporters earlier in the day. “I would think that’s their favorite food.” There was no immediate word on what Clemson’s sports nutritionist may have thought about that (but hey, they don’t play again until August, so…).
Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump paid for the meal himself.
Images of the fast-food smorgasbord — served with White House china and silverware — quickly made their way to social media, and video showed the sharply dressed players digging in, though some appeared to have difficulty using salad tongs to pick up slices of pizza, as would many of us.
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) January 15, 2019
POTUS with “great American food” for Clemson Tigers visiting WH. pic.twitter.com/VgmQeXNhk6
— Roberta Rampton (@robertarampton) January 14, 2019
Better pics of the feast 🕯🍔 🍟 pic.twitter.com/mKiFZ7xUjz
— Taylor Mason (@taylomason) January 14, 2019
🚨🚨MUST SEE 🚨🚨
Clemson is really eating FAST FOOD at the White House!!!!!
President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) is serving McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and pizza to the College football National title team at the White House. @wusa9 @WUSA9sports #Clemson #FastFood #Trump pic.twitter.com/tRMaLqpvPb
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) January 14, 2019
Shares of McDonald’s Corp.
, Wendy’s Co.
, Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International
and Domino’s Pizza Inc.
all fell Monday.