We’ve long known that Donald Trump treats his body less like a temple and more like a failed Atlantic City casino. He’s made no secret of his preference for well-done steaks with ketchup, and he once sent an aide to McDonald’s when the White House chefs couldn’t get his burger right. The fact that he opts for a cart on the golf course instead of walking doesn’t do him any favors.
Now, thanks to a new book from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and top aide David Bossie, we know the horrifying and depraved extent of POTUS’s fast food habits. According to excerpts from Let Trump Be Trump circulated in The Washington Post, Lewandowski describes “the four major food groups” on campaign flights as “McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”
Though Trump was once called “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” by his doctor, Lewandowski’s tally of a typical McDonald’s meal for him suggests quite the opposite. His go-to combo of “two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted” adds up to an alleged 2,672 calories, 117 grams of fat, and 3,556 milligrams of sodium. That’s more calories in one sitting than a 71-year-old man with a notorious dislike for exercise (which depletes the body’s finite, battery-like reserves of energy, obviously) should eat in an entire day. It also exceeds the daily sodium threshold for high blood pressure by a full 1.15 grams.
Lewandowski also revealed that ensuring Trump got his daily ration from the big-boy menu at McDonald’s or KFC was of paramount concern to the campaign. Multiple staffers had to be scrambled so that his favorite fast food would be waiting for him on the plane, and Trump once ordered his team to leave campaign advisor Sam Nunberg behind at a McDonald’s because his order was taking too long.
In addition to Trump’s collusion with McDonald’s, there was also plenty of unhealthy snacking going on between meals. Lewandowski said “Trump Force One” was also stocked with “Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and many packages of Oreos,” because the only thing that could stop the president from stuffing his face with Oreos was the fear of germs from an already-opened package.
Data suggests Trump’s daily McDonald’s order costs roughly $24.33 in Washington, DC, and would thus cost taxpayers more than $35,000 if eaten every day for the duration of a four-year term. Based on US Census Bureau estimates, the $1.5 trillion that will be added to the deficit once Trump sings the GOP tax bill would be enough to purchase roughly 904 Filet-o-Fish sandwiches for every American. That’s one way to make McDonald’s great again.