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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.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers college football team to the White House with an array of fast food meals.

Reporters shared videos and photos of Trump showing off a table full of products from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King sitting on fancy plates. Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers after they won the College Football Playoff National Championship over Alabama.

Staff members who work at the White House are currently furloughed because of the government shutdown, so Trump paid for the meal himself, NPR reported.

Susan Walsh, AP
President Donald Trump talks to the press about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, for the reception for the Clemson Tigers.
Susan Walsh, AP
Guests attending a reception for the Clemson Tigers grab fast food sandwiches in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
Susan Walsh, AP
President Donald Trump talks to the press about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, during a reception for the 2018 college football playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers.
Susan Walsh, AP
French fries and pizza are some of the fast food items for the reception for the Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
Susan Walsh, AP
President Donald Trump talks to the media about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, for the reception for the Clemson Tigers.

Flashback: Trump told reporters before the meal about his intentions to serve fast food items.

  • "I think we're going to serve McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King with some pizza," he said. "I really mean it. It would be interesting. And I would think that's their favorite food."
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Reaction: It’s no surprise Twitter found the moment comedic since it’s not every day you see fancy plates full of fast food.

Context: There’s a bit of context here. There have been multiple reports over the years that Trump’s diet includes Diet Coke and fast food.

  • The Washington Post reported in 2017 that Trump would drink about 12 Diet Cokes per day. That’s in addition to fast food products:
  • “Those keeping tabs on President Trump's diet know that Wendy's and McDonald's are staples. While campaigning, Trump inhaled Filets-o-Fish and Big Macs and snacked on Oreos,” according to The Washington Post.