Burgers and fries on White House menu as Donald Trump lays out fast food feast

Burgers and fries on White House menu as Donald Trump lays out fast food feast

Guests attending a reception for the Clemson Tigers grab fast food sandwiches in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Image: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

US President Donald Trump laid on a fast food feast for a champion college American football team in the White House.

Mr Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for the meals himself because of the partial government shutdown, but did not disclose the bill.

"We ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza," Mr Trump said after returning to the White House from a trip to New Orleans.

The president, who was hosting a reception for the Clemson Tigers after they won the national championship, said: "We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we're going to have a little fun."

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said many of the staff in the White House residence are absent because of the shutdown, "so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone's favourite fast foods".


Burgers and fries

French fries and pizza are some of the fast food items for the reception for the Clemson Tigers. Image: AP Photo/Susan Walsh.

Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy's.

Also on offer were boxed burgers from McDonald's, including Big Macs.

White House cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries.

Pizzas, some topped with olives and tomatoes, were also on the menu.

Silver bowls held the condiments, and stacks of white plates sat nearby.

The Clemson team's visit is its second since Mr Trump took office.

The Tigers last visited in June 2017 after their championship run the previous season.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has hailed this season's undefeated Tigers as the best college team ever.

Mr Trump called them a "great team, an unbelievable team".