© Reuters. A waiter places the fast food burgers that were provided due to the partial government shutdown when 2018 National College Football Playoff Champion Clemson Tigers is greeted at the White House State Dining Room in Washington.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump hosted a White House party on Monday worthy of a government shutdown: silver platters filled with McDonald’s quarter-pound coins and red and white hamburger wrappers. from Wendy’s.
White House chefs would normally serve much fancier dishes under the stern gaze of the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room. But they are suspended and stay home without paychecks as Trump fights Congress over funding from the federal government.
The White House said Trump himself sought out what he called “excellent American food” for the Clemson Tigers, winners of the United States college football championship.
“We have pizzas, 300 hamburgers, many, many French fries, all of our favorite foods,” Trump told reporters as a White House worker still at work lit conical candles.
“I want to see what’s in here when we leave, because I don’t think it’s going to be much,” Trump said, before the players, dressed in smart suits, flooded the room and stacked their plates.
About a quarter of the federal government has been shut down for the past 24 days after Trump pledged a campaign promise to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, demanding $ 5.7 billion from Congress for the project. Democrats have rejected his demand.
Trump later told players that he did not want to postpone the event until after the shutdown ended, which is already the longest in history.
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