As shutdown bites, Trump foots bill for fast food feast

Trump speaking at a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers at the State Dining Room of the White House. Photo courtesy: AFP

Washington (AFP) -- With White House residence staff among those hit by the US government shutdown, Donald Trump personally ordered in an "all American" feast of burgers and pizza on Monday for a visiting football team.

"Because of the shutdown, as you know... we went out and we ordered American fast food paid for by me," the president quipped, as he prepared to host the Clemson Tigers university players to celebrate their national championship win.

"I think they'd like it better than anything we could give," said Trump, after landing back at the White House following a day trip to New Orleans.

"We have pizzas, we have 300 hamburgers, many, many French fries, all of our favorite foods -- I want to see what's here when we leave, because I don't think it's going to be much," the president mused.

Asked to name his own favorite fast food -- as he stood smiling behind the gargantuan spread -- Trump demurred, insisting: "I like them all."

"If it's American, I like it. It's all American stuff."


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