AP NEWS

Donald Trump sticks to fast food with NCAA champions; White House kitchen is open

March 4, 2019

Proving he’s a stickler for tradition, President Trump feted the North Dakota State football team with fast-food feast Monday in a White House celebration of its title-winning season in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Not to be outdone by the Clemson Tigers, who won college football’s top-tier championship, the “Bison” were greeted in the State Dining Room by piles of french fries, Chick-fil-A sandwiches and Big Macs after their trophy-winning victory over Eastern Washington on Jan. 5.

It was their second championship in a row and seventh in eight years in the division that used to be known as “Division I-AA.”

“You should all be incredibly proud,” Mr. Trump told the squad.

Mr. Trump made waves in mid-January when he celebrated Clemson with piles of fast food that he purchased with his own money.

The visit occurred in the middle of a government shutdown over funding for Mr. Trump’s border wall, so much of the White House catering staff was furloughed.

The government’s back open, but Mr. Trump stuck to his high-calorie menu, saying it’s people-pleasing stuff made by American companies.

“I know you people,” he told the players.

Quarterback Easton Stick presented Mr. Trump with a jersey numbered “45.”

Mr. Trump praised him, saying he’s “got the look,” like Tom Brady.

“Somebody better draft him. He’s going to be a rich guy,” the president said.

North Dakota’s delegation from Capitol Hill Sen. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Rep. Kelly Armstrong joined the festivities along with North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Mr. Trump did take a somber break from the revelry to recognize Alabamans suffering in the wake of tornadoes that killed over 20 people over the weekend.

“It was just terrible ... that path was brutal,” he said, adding: “Whatever we can do, we’re doing.”

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press.All rights reserved.