Trump Invites Football Champs to White House, Buys Wendy's

'Our nutritionist must be having a fit'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2019 12:46 AM CST
Updated Jan 15, 2019 6:13 AM CST
Trump Buys Fast Food Buffet for Clemson Tigers
A table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, is ready for guests attending a reception for the Clemson Tigers.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The scent of burgers, fries, and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Trump saluted college football's Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. He did not disclose the tab. "We ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza," Trump said after returning to the White House from a trip to New Orleans. "We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we're going to have a little fun." A highly unusual White House smorgasbord greeted the players, the AP reports. 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, and silver bowls held the condiments. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said much of the staff in the White House residence has been furloughed because of the shutdown, "so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone's favorite fast foods." The players dug in, though one was heard quipping, "Our nutritionist must be having a fit," Mashable reports. The Clemson team's visit is its second since Trump took office. The Tigers last visited in June 2017 after their championship run the previous season.

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