In a rare instance of Donald Trump saying he was going to do something and then actually doing it, the current president followed up on his promise to serve fast food to the national college football championship team from Clemson on its visit to the White House last night.
Takeout sister site, Deadspin, quoted the president:
Clemson championship team, the national championship team, will be coming tonight and it’ll be exciting. Very great team, unbelievable team. They’ll be coming tonight. And I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings with some pizza. I really mean it. It will be interesting. And I would think that’s their favorite food. So we’ll see what happens. But they’re coming tonight, the national champions, subject to the weather.
As CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported:
Did you know that the president might have been paying for those meals anyway, shutdown or not? In the midst of the federal shutdown, perhaps there were no White House chefs on site (and the president has been complaining a lot about how lonesome he is lately). But according to a 2015 Thrillist article (titled “Presidents Pay for Groceries, and 14 More White House Food Facts”), as well as other sources, “Aside from official state functions, the president pays for his own groceries at the end of every month.”
Maybe this dinner qualifies as an official state function. Or maybe the president is just cheap as hell. Event photos featured platters of everything from burgers to salads to a variety of sauces strategically placed on elegant White House tables, accented by formal candlesticks. But you have to wonder how appetizing that fast food was after sitting around for a while before the event started. Cold fries are the worst.
The specific amount of food varies from various reports: Trump started out crowing about 300 burgers, then upped the number 1,000 “hamberders” in a since-corrected tweet this morning.
[Note: Deadspin, like The Takeout, is owned by Univision Communications.]