With the on-going government shutdown, most of the White House residence staff has been a victim of it. However, President Donald Trump personally ordered in an “all American” meal to welcome the Clemson Tigers university players and celebrate their national championship win on Monday night.
Earlier on Monday, Trump told the media that he will be serving “McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King’s with some pizza.”
“I think that would be their favorite food, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.
Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told media, “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,” he said.
Later in the evening on Monday, after returning to the White House from a one-day trip to New Orleans, Trump told the reporters that he was providing the Tigers with the fast-food dinner “paid for by me”.
“Because of the shutdown, you know we have the great Clemson team with us, the national champions. So we went out and we ordered American fast food, paid for by me,” Trump said. “Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza.”
“We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we’re going to have a little fun,” he added.
Trump was seen standing behind the table full of fast food and promoting the feast for Clemson Tigers as “great American food”.
“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff,” he added. “We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many French fries, all of our favorite foods — I want to see what’s here when we leave, because I don’t think it’s going to be much.”
Trump returned to the subject of border security while closing his remarks in the dining room.
“I will say the Republicans are really, really sticking together. It’s great to see because we need border security. We have to have it,” he said.
The partial government shutdown is now in its 24th day, becoming the longest shutdown in the history of America. Approximately 80,000 federal employees are on mandatory leave or working without pay as Trump and Congress have not been able to reach on a mutual decision over the border wall funding.