Trump celebrates North Dakota State football champs with fast food

Elena Summers
March 5, 2019

In January, Trump welcomed another champion USA college team, the Clemson Tigers, with what he called an "all American" feast of burgers and pizzas.

The president also insisted at the time that fast food was what the players really wanted.

Trump invited them to the White House at the request of GOP North Dakota 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.

"We could have had chefs", Trump told the players and coaches assembled in front of a varnished table heaped in Big Macs and bags of Chick-fil-A chicken meals.

The team's visit with Trump began at 12:17 p.m., according to reporters in attendance, as the president entered alongside Vice President Mike Pence, and started shaking hands with the football players.


Visiting Washington D.C. on Monday, FCS Division I national champions North Dakota State met with Trump and toured the oval office as part of their celebratory visit to the nation's capital. The press criticized Trump's choice of food, which he personally paid for, but the many players defended their trip to the White House. "He's going to be a rich guy", the president said.

"It was unbelievable, it was something I won't ever forget", Kennelly said.

The Bison, who have won seven of the past eight national titles, had a spread of food from Chick-fil-A, McDonald's and Domino's.

"We like American companies", he said.

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