President Trump hosted the Champions of College Football at The White House on Monday.
Pigs of burgers and fish sandwiches from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King, in their boxes and wrappers, were served on trays in the candlelit dining room. Tubs of dipping sauces were stacked in silver gravy boats. French fries and Domino's pizzas are warm on another table. Salads were available, too.
It's an opulent setting for fast-food fare. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mr. Trump's press secretary, said: "The Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the The staff at the White House is furloughed ̵
Mr. Trump, and perhaps even delighted him.
"I like it all," he told reporters before the players arrived. "It's all good stuff. Great American food. "
He's far from alone in loving fast food. About one-third of American adults Still food on a white background.
Still, the sight of the fast-food cartons inside the stately White House dining room struck
some observers on social media as incongruous – or lacking in hospitality for a celebration.
Search events, ostensibly a tribute to championship teams, are unavoidably political. Mr. Trump abruptly disinvited the N.F.L. champion Philadelphia Eagles last year after most of the players and coaches said they would boycott the visit. The Golden State Warriors declined to visit after winning the N.B.A. championship last year.
The White House, Mr. Trump was eager to drive the discussion back to the weekslong government shutdown.
"It should have happened 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, and it's going to happen now "It's going to happen now," he said.
Without missing a beat, he continued, "Thank you very much, everybody. Enjoy your food. "