The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship, CNBC reports.
Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown, without revealing the tab.
“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 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” Trump tweeted.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said much of the staff 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.”
An impressive, and highly unusual, White House smorgasbord greeted the players, with silver trays full of stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s. Also on offer were boxed burgers from McDonald’s, including Big Macs.
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 young men were spotted eating multiple burgers at the standup tables dotting the East Room, CNBC adds.
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.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has nominated this season’s undefeated Tigers as the best college team ever, as Trump called them a “great team, an unbelievable team.”