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Trump greets football players visiting White House with McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, and Burger King

President Trump presented fast food to be served to the Clemson Tigers in celebration of their national championship at the White House on Monday.Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images

Here’s hoping the Clemson Tigers wanted fries with that.

President Trump greeted the championship-winning Clemson football team at the White House with quite a spread — of fast food.

“We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many french fries, all of our favorite foods,” Trump said, according to a pool report, adding that it was “great American food” for the football players.

Trump could be seen standing behind a table piled high with silver trays of food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Another table in back was covered with Domino’s pizza and fries, and silver bowls holding condiments were also set out as workers lit candelabras.


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When asked which was his favorite, Trump replied, “I like them all,” explaining further: “If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff.”

The White House resorted to the fast food because “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed” because of the partial government shutdown, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “The president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.”

Officials did not disclose the tab.

‘‘We went off and we ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza,’’ Trump said. ‘‘I think they'd like it better than anything we could give.’’

‘‘We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun,’’ said the president, a fast food-lover himself.

The Tigers were visiting the White House on Monday for the second time since Trump has become president after winning the NCAA national championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Jan. 7.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.