Donald Trump is perhaps one of the most divisive
figures of the 21st century, and most people seem to have a fairly strong opinion about
him, one way or the other. But if you’d like to go beyond the politics
and just learn a little more about the man himself, here are some of the foods the president
loves — and hates. You may be in for a few surprises. Trump’s obsession with fast food doesn’t end
with himself. In fact, he appears to be pretty set on making
everyone else eat it, too. In January 2019, Trump experienced one of
the most iconic and notorious moments of his presidency, when he served an entire banquet
of fast food to the national-championship-winning Clemson Tigers football team visiting the
White House. “I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s,
Wendy’s, and Burger King with some pizza. I really mean it.” Due to a government shutdown, the residence
staff at the White House couldn’t come into work. This meant that Trump’s team had to send out
for a mountain of junk food, paid for by Trump himself. He even mocked the idea of having a healthier
option. “Or do we give you some little quick salads,
that the first lady will make along with the second lady, they’ll make some salads.” President Trump insisted that the meal — which
was served buffet-style and which the President described as “patriotic” — amounted to a
total of 1,000 hamburgers. In the end, closer to 300 were served. “Many, many french fries.” The banquet was roundly mocked in the media. In March 2019, long after the government shutdown
ended, Trump repeated his banquet stunt, serving a feast of Big Macs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches
to a football team visiting from North Dakota. Considering how crucial junk food is to Trump’s
diet, it’d probably be more of a surprise if he didn’t snack on the regular. Well, true to form, the man is a serial snacker
— and very few things are off-limits when it comes to munching between meals. According to a book written by Trump’s former
campaign manager, Cory Lewandowski, Air Force One is regularly stocked with “Vienna Fingers,
potato chips, pretzels, and many packages of Oreos.” But that’s not all. Not only is Trump a huge snacker, but he’s
also a renowned germaphobe who refuses to eat from any packet that has been previously
opened. This presumably means that if he doesn’t finish
all of his snacks, they all have to be thrown away, or someone else has to eat them, because
he won’t come back to them. Of course, Lewandowki’s claim that Air Force
One is regularly stocked with Oreos ought to raise an eyebrow or two, since, according
to Business Insider, Trump vowed in 2015 to never eat them again after the company announced
plans to move their plants to Mexico. “No more Oreos! No more Oreos!” Yes, dessert is on the menu, too. But as you might expect, dessert isn’t just
dessert with Trump. Dessert has to be more dessert than everyone
else. “And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate
cake that you’ve ever seen.” In 2017, TIME magazine shadowed Trump for
a few days, sticking by his side as he went about his daily routine. At one point, Trump sat down for a dinner
with the magazine’s reporters, which was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence. Although the menu was fixed, the differences
in what Trump was actually served were stark. For example, where everyone else was served
water, Trump was given a Diet Coke. When the chicken was served, he was given
an extra dish of sauce. And during dessert — vanilla ice cream with
chocolate cream pie — Trump was given two scoops of ice cream, while everyone else got
only one. What may come as slightly more of a surprise
is the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t drink alcohol. According to the man himself, it’s because
his older brother, Fred Trump, died of alcoholism at the age of 41. As a result, he’s allegedly never touched
a drop of the stuff, even while scaling the dizzying heights of the New York real estate
business. “And to this day I’ve never had a drink. And I have no longing for it, I have no interest
in it.” Except, of course, that doesn’t seem to be
entirely true. The Telegraph ran a story suggesting that
he might have broken his golden rule at a meeting at the UN. Political pundits seemed to agree that the
reddish liquid in his glass was wine — but he could’ve been faking those sips, or it
could have been grape juice. When you have strong opinions like Trump,
you’re bound to hate almost as many foods as you love. And sure enough, there are a few things we
know the man really isn’t keen on. First, there’s sushi. The classic Japanese delicacy is, of course,
something of an acquired taste, but Trump has an extreme dislike for it. According to an excerpt from the book Lost
Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, during a 1990 trip to Japan, the future President
said, “[I won’t eat] f—— raw fish.” He instead opted for a McDonald’s hamburger. Then you’ve got vegetables. Greens don’t seem to play a huge part of Trump’s
diet anyway, but the guy seems to dislike them so much that according to the New York
Times, he once hand-delivered a letter to New York’s mayor begging for something to
be done about the, quote, “Humongous vegetable stand which operates
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