If Trump was trying to appeal to middle America with the post, he failed spectacularly. The candidate was eating KFC on his jet, with nothing other than a fork and knife.
Corrections & clarifications: This story has been updated to reflect White Castle’s donations, which were changed due to a coding error in data provided. Posts on social media have circulated with long lists of companies that purportedly have donated to the Trump reelection campaign.
One post claims that In-N-Out, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Waffle House, Carl's Jr., White Castle, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, KFC, Olive Garden, Shop and Papa John's all support Trump's re-election campaign. A previous fact check looked at this claim regarding Wendy's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and found it to be false.
For the other restaurants, these are campaign donations associated with fast-food chains in the 2020 election cycle, as tracked by OpenSecrets, as of June 15: White Castle : PACs and individual contributions affiliated with the company total $23,557 in the 2020 election cycle.
On June 2, White Castle denied claims that the company has donated to presidential candidates. Chick-fil-A : OpenSecrets shows that groups and people affiliated with Chick-fil-A have donated $79,844 in the 2020 election cycle.
However, affiliates of the company have contributed $85,051 in the 2020 election cycle, with the large majority going to Democratic candidates. According to the Federal Elections Commission, corporations are unable to donate to political campaigns.
In several cases, the affiliates donated more to former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders than to Trump. Even before they had access to the White House’s exemplary resident chefs, Donald Trump and his family could have eaten whatever they desired.
He’s been sighted on numerous occasions munching McDonald’s and KFC at altitude, and let’s not forget the time he famously ordered a spread of burger and fries to welcome the North Dakota State University football team to the White House. Members of the North Dakota State University football team behind a table of fast food sandwiches from McDonald's and Chick-fil-A in the East Room of the White House in 2019.
The self-confessed semaphore has previously spoken about the fact that he feels more comfortable grabbing a bite from a well-known brand than an independent restaurant, because they’re required to maintain higher standards of cleanliness, according to The Washington Post. Although Trump often skips breakfast, when he does treat himself to a morning meal he likes his eggs “over-well” and “bacon medium”, according to People Magazine. Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May speak at a classier dinner setting that the US President may have preferred.
Trump is also a famous teetotaler, so while royals and politicians sip wine at important events, he can usually be seen slurping a Diet Coke instead. According to Business Insider, Trump ’s favorite desserts include cherry vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake.
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and his wife Brigitte Macron, left, sit for dinner at the Jules Verne Restaurant at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery (as evidenced by her numerous social media posts about them), and ice cream, which she has an entire freezer dedicated to.
He said he liked McDonald's Big Mac as well as the Quarter Founder with cheese, and called KFC 'not the worst thing in the world'. Trump has documented his love of fast food previously during his presidential campaign, sharing a photo of himself eating a McDonald's meal on his plane in May.
Footage of the meal, which ran on ABC News at the time, prompted angry comments from many New Yorkers who felt pizza was best eaten with the hands.