President Donald Trump, who made a fortune in real estate and high-end hospitality and has a team of White House chefs at his disposal, is turning his well-known fast food affinity into a White House tradition.
Trump on Monday once again welcomed a college football champion with a spread of fast food, serving the FCS champion North Dakota State University Bison chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A and Big Macs from McDonald’s instead of a fancier meal prepared by White House chefs. The lunch was reminiscent of the pizza, burgers and fries feast he offered to the FBS champion Clemson Tigers, who visited the White House in January.
Trump boasted then that he paid for that fast food spread out of his own pocket due to a partial government shutdown that was then ongoing. The White House did not immediately respond to an email asking whether the president also paid personally for Monday’s meal.
Trump’s comments Monday suggest that drive-thru fare could become a new tradition in his administration. He told the team that he could have had the White House chef whip up something nice for the players but second-guessed it.