WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump provided a fast-food feast for college football champions the Clemson Tigers on Monday night, but has offered a shifting account on the breadth of the spread.
Reporters were led into the White House East Wing Monday evening to observe the junk food bounty bestowed on the champions by the president.
Standing before a table piled high with wrapped cheeseburgers from McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, Trump credited the financial and labor pressures posed by the ongoing partial government shutdown for the creative catering option.
“The reason we did this is because of the shutdown. We want to make sure that everything is right, so we sent out, we got this,” Trump said. “And we have some wonderful people working in the White House. They helped us out with this.”
He gave a rough estimate for how much was provided, which he later said he personally paid for.
“We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many french fries,” Trump said.
Players were brought into the room and the press watched as they piled up their plates.
In remarks to the team not long after, Trump upped his estimate, saying he had bought “about 1,000 hamburgers.”
The following morning, he raised it yet again, this time tweeting he had paid for “over 1000 hamberders,” a typo he corrected a few hours later.
Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamburgers etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
Players seemed to enjoy the buffet, with many bringing burger boxes out of the room for the president’s official remarks.
A quick glance at the table showed Trump’s staff made good use of the various restaurants’ value menus, which include 2 for $5 and 2 for $6 menus.
While the meal may have been a bargain, the president at least gave players a taste of the VIP life, taking them into the Oval Office afterwards for pictures.