Trump once again caters football champ’s with fast food
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 fancy 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.
The Bison reportedly approached the trip as a team bonding experience.
“We addressed [politics],” Coach Matt Entz told the Grand Forks Herald. “This isn’t a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It’s one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we’re going to do together.”
President Trump told the team that he could have had the White House chef whip up something nice for the players but second-guessed it.
“I know you people,” he said to laughter from the team.
And, he noted, the occasion offered him a chance to advance his America First agenda.
“We like American companies,” he said.
Fast food spread at the White House for North Dakota State University Football Team. Big Macs and Chick-Fil-A. pic.twitter.com/B3iTtSHbW2
— Laura Figueroa Hernandez (@Laura_Figueroa) March 4, 2019
“We got fast food,” says @POTUS in front of buffet table in the State Dining Room laden with McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chick-Fil-A and other fast food. “I know you people pretty well,” he said of college athlete culinary tastes. pic.twitter.com/b8Bl6BeQ7G
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 4, 2019
Before the meal, the Bison team awarded the president with an honorary jersey with his name and the number “45” on the back.
As expected, the White House’s fast-food treatment sparked plenty of negative reactions on Twitter.
I thought he only did this because of the government shut down…now we know he’s just crazy or cheap or both.
— Jacqueline Kay Weil (@jackiread) March 4, 2019
Those young people are in their Sunday best and are part of a generation who knows more about eating healthily than I ever did. Trump gives them fast food. What a bum he is. I would take a bag lunch if I went to the White House.
— Jayne Cudzil (@JayneCudzil) March 4, 2019
Why does he think these young athletes will be honored to eat the same fast food they’ve had after every practice since they were kids? Trump is really low class.
— atir48 (@Indymimi2) March 4, 2019
For the record, the team wasn’t even expecting any food, so this was a surprise.
During the Tigers’ visit, Trump cited the government shutdown as the reason for the fast-food spread, but with the government up and running, it seems this time the meal was just what was on the menu.
Congrats to North Dakota State on their 2018 national championship.