This is an original reception that Donald Trump has reserved for his guests of the day. Monday evening, the President of the United States hosted at the White House the Tigers of Clemson, winners of the university football championship, as tradition dictates.
The "shutdown" argument
And as usual, Donald Trump did things his way, causing a surreal scene. The head of state traded the traditional petits fours and canapés for … fast food. Footballers found 300 McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King burgers on their arrival at the White House, and Domino's pizzas spread over several tables in silver trays.
Far from being embarrassed by his initiative, the president prided himself on paying the buffet to his guests, as explained by NBC. "Because of the shutdown, as you know, we went out to order American fast food that I paid myself," he said in front of his guests. "Most of the White House staff are off work unpaid because of the shutdown," he said.
"Only good things"
Some players were excited about this junk-food show, and applauded as they entered the reception hall. What delight the President of the United States, who called his evening meal "super American cuisine". Asked by a reporter about his favorite fast food chain, Donald Trump preferred to kick in touch. "If it's American, I like it, it's all American, it's only good things," he insisted.
The president praised the players' day performance at the end of the meal. "To today's athletes, who have eaten more than ever: you are inspiring America, you have really done it," he said.