During their recent visit to the White House, the Clemson University football team, which won the national championship over Alabama this month, were met with mountains of fast food hamburgers and pizzas, provided to them by President Donald Trump.
Reporters shared videos and photos of Trump showing off a table full of products from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King sitting on fancy plates. Tubs of dipping sauces were stacked in silver gravy boats.
Some pointed out that nothing kept the fast food warm as it sat on the tables. Salads were available, too.
A Clemson player carries fast food hamburgers provided due to the partial government shutdown as the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers are welcomed in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on January 14, 2019.
The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reported that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was "personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone's favorite fast foods" because the partial government shutdown meant that some of the White House staffers who might have handled the catering for this type of event are on furlough.
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Late-night TV hosts ridiculed the president, with NBC's Seth Meyers joking, in a Trumpian voice: "Normally I would have a salad for dinner on Monday, but they told me they only eat every fast food". "And I think more and more Democrats are going to see that".
When a fan asked Lawrence on how many times he plans on returning to the White House, the champion QB enthusiastically replied, "Hopefully, a few more!" "So we went out and we ordered American fast food, paid for by me", Trump said, according to Kaitlan Collins and Liz Stark of CNN. After showing off the food spread, he pivoted to making his case for Republican unity and the need for the border wall.
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Without missing a beat, he continued: "Thank you very much, everybody".