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Trump Eats McDonald’s Because He’s Afraid of Being Poisoned Elsewhere



A new book by Michael Wolff ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ would be released onJanuary 9, but it has already stirred up controversy, most notably through juicy quotes from former White House strategist Steve Bannon and a scorched-earth response from the president himself. But somewhat under the radar was a small aside about Trump’s McDonald’s habit, written by Wolff in New York magazine in an article adapted from his forthcoming book. It came in a section about the former reality TV star’s discomfort with living in the White House (emphasis added):

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“[Trump] ­reprimanded the housekeeping staff for picking up his shirt from the floor: ‘If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor.’ Then he imposed a set of new rules: Nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.) Also, he would let housekeeping know when he wanted his sheets done, and he would strip his own bed.”

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The president has a well-known aversion to culinary adventures, preferring fatty basics like Kentucky Fried Chicken or American standards such as meatloaf or steak (cooked well-done and paired with ketchup). A self-described germophobe, he also said he liked the food from McDonald’s for its consistency.

“One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald’s,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2016. “I’m a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food’s coming from. It’s a certain standard.”

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In December, a Washington Post report detailing tidbits in a different soon-to-be-released Trump book—this one written by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and aide David Bossie—noted the president had an unending appetite for McDonald’s. A typical dinner order included “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish and a chocolate malted.”

It seems like a pretty hefty order, but Lewandowski clarified on CNN, “Well, he never ate the bread, which is the important part.”

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