President Donald Trump will host the CFP national champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday night, weather permitting.
The tradition of the national champ visiting the President of the United States will have a bit of a new look when it comes to the dinner menu.
Trump told reporters Monday the White House will have food from fast-food establishments on hand for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.
“The Clemson national championship team will be coming tonight,” Trump said. “It will be exciting. Very great team. An unbelievable team. I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King with some pizza. I really mean it. It will be interesting. I would think that’s their favorite food. So, we’ll see what happens, but they are coming tonight, that national champions, subject to the weather.”
Interestingly enough, Trump may be on to something.
Both Christian Williams and Hunter Renfrow are both fans of the more convenient options for dinner.
“That’s one of my favorite things about the South — Bojangles,” Williams told the Post and Courier. “Cook Out. I love Bojangles and Cook Out,” said Wilkins, who is from Springfield, Mass. “You’ve got to get the (Cook Out) tray. You’re getting the best bang for your buck, you’ve got to get the tray. You can’t beat it.”
Meanwhile, Renfrow was fairly specific about what he does and doesn’t like.
In a statement from the White House, Trump is paying for the meal himself, citing the government shutdown.
“The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Championship Clemson Tigers,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN in a statement.
“Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed – so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.”
Last week, Clemson defeated Alabama 44-16 for the team’s second national title in three year.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.