Trump Treats Clemson Tigers to Fast Food During Govt. Shutdown

By Melanie Arter | January 14, 2019 | 6:16pm EST
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Clemson University President Jim Clements (L) and Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney (R) present two jerseys, one for President Donald Trump (2nd L) and one for his son Barron, during a South Lawn event at the White House June 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the team to honor 2016 NCAA Football National Championship. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump treated the 2018 College Football National Champions Clemson Tigers to fast food during their visit to the White House on Monday.

After leaving Marine One, Trump told reporters, “Because of the shutdown, as you know, we have the great Clemson team with us ... so we went out and we ordered American fast food paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza, I think they'd like it better than anything we could give. And so, we'll have a little fun and you guys are invited up there to look, but I think we'll have a little fun."

“The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers. Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed – so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.


According to a White House press pool report, Trump was standing behind a table piled high with hamburgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Another table was covered with Domino’s pizza and french fries.

The president explained that this was “great American food” for them.

When asked which restaurant was his favorite, Trump said he like them all.

“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff,” he said.


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