WASHINGTON (AP) — Junk meals for athletes? President Donald Trump’s provide of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers introduced a roasting from leisurely-night TV hosts.
Trump, a quickly-meals lover, said he paid for the meal himself as a result of of the partial authorities shutdown, which has led to furloughs amongst federal staff, including on the White Home.
Otherwise, he joked, first lady Melania Trump and Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s partner, could perhaps be making salads.
“I had a different. Will we keep now not contain any meals for you, as a result of we contain now got a shutdown?” Trump instructed the group gathered Monday within the White Home East Room. “Or originate we come up with some limited quickly salads that the main lady will originate, along with, along with the 2d lady. They’ll originate some salads. And I said, ‘You guys aren’t into salads.’”
“Or originate I exit … originate I exit and ship out for roughly 1,000 hamburgers, Gigantic Macs,” Trump said.
Slack-night TV hosts ridiculed the president, with NBC’s Seth Meyers joking, in a Trumpian remark: “In most cases I’d contain a salad for dinner on Monday, nonetheless they instructed me they honest eat each quickly meals.”
Stephen Colbert of CBS requested whether or now not Trump became “correct projecting your authorized foods onto them.”
The quickly-meals feast it appears startled about a of the gamers. Clemson offensive lineman Matt Bockhorst tweeted “I mean you’re now not correct gonna NOT eat the Gigantic Macs stacked in a pile comely?”
Some Twitter customers criticized the president for serving such meals to excessive college athletes, whose diets are strictly controlled by nutritionists. Alternatively, others tweeted they thought the menu became correct comely for faculty college students.
Trump looked as if it could defend his resolution Tuesday in a tweet about how fleet the meals became eaten.
“Immense being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night on the White Home. Which potential of the Shutdown I served them big amounts of Quick Meals (I paid), over 1000 hamberders and so on. Within one hour, it became all long gone. Immense guys and great eaters!” he wrote.
Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s. Also on provide were boxed burgers from McDonald’s, including Gigantic Macs. White Home cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries.
Pizzas, some topped with olives and tomatoes, also were on the menu. Silver bowls held the condiments, and stacks of white plates sat nearby. Several younger males were spotted eating multiple burgers on the standup tables dotting the East Room.
“We ordered American quickly meals, paid for by me. A total lot hamburgers, tons of pizza,” he said. “We contain some very effectively-organized of us that fancy eating, so I contain we’re going to contain slightly stress-free.”
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said necessary of the crew within the White Home role has been furloughed as a result of of the shutdown, “so the president is in my concept paying for the match to be catered with about a of everybody’s authorized quickly foods.” The White Home didn’t present the fee.
Associated Press author Shawn Marsh contributed to this file.
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