Donald Trump orders 'all American' fast food feast for sports team
US president, citing the government shutdown, gets in burgers and pizza for Clemson Tigers
Donald Trump put on an "all American" fast food banquet for a visiting sports team on Monday, saying the government shutdown forced him to order in.
The US President traditionally meets champion teams for a dinner at the White House. But due to residence staff among those workers affected by the US government shutdown, Mr Trump thought college football team's Clemson Tigers team would be hungry for burgers and fries.
"I think they'd like it better than anything we could give," said Mr Trump. "We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many French fries, all of our favourite foods.
"I want to see what's here when we leave, because I don't think it's going to be much."
Asked to name his own favourite fast food - as he stood smiling behind the gargantuan spread - Mr Trump demurred, insisting: "I like them all. If it's American, I like it. It's all American stuff.
"The reason we did this is because of the shutdown," he added. "We want to make sure that everything is right, so we sent out, we got this."
Around 800,000 federal employees, including much of the White House residence staff, have been on mandatory leave or working without pay for 24 days as Donald Trump and Congress wrangle over funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
Updated: January 15, 2019 12:42 PM