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With government shutdown, Trump pays for Clemson’s fast-food feast out of his own pocket

Posted: 10:11 AM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 12:16:41-05

President Donald Trump paid tribute to college football champion Clemson’s national title during the Tigers’ visit to Washington after winning last week’s College Football Playoff National Championship.

Not only did Trump congratulate the Tigers for their victory over Alabama during a White House visit Monday night, but he also paid for a huge fast-food spread of “American fast food” because of the government shutdown.

These affairs typically feature a spread paid for by the White House.

“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.”

Some players “whooped” when they saw the spread, according to a pool report.

Trump probably was happy for the company. Several professional championship teams, most notably the Golden State Warriors, have declined a chance to visit Washington to visit with Trump to celebrate previous titles.

ESPN.com reported that an “ impressive — and highly unusual for the White House — smorgasbord ” greeted Clemson players in the East Room.

Reports indicate that stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s and boxed burgers from McDonald’s were noticeable, along with White House paper cups bearing the presidential seal that held fries. Vegetarian pizza from Domino’s also was served.

It was Clemson’s second White House visit in three years. In June 2017, the team visited and were fed a barbecue lunch that Hunter Renfrow said at the time was “the best meal I’ve had in a year.”

Their trip this time might not have been as extravagant. But the players probably liked the offerings, just the same.

Earlier, they had a chance to check out many Washington landmarks.