This is what the president eats

Donald J. Trump. Real estate tycoon, New York businessman, and 45th President of the United States. He's a whole lot of other things too, but we'll leave it at that for now. Trump is, perhaps, one of the most divisive figures of the 21st century — if not the most divisive — and you'd be hard-pressed these days to find someone who doesn't have a fairly strong opinion about him, one way or the other. But if you feel inclined to go beyond the politics and learn a little more about the man himself, we've compiled a thorough run-down on the incumbent president's diet. And we don't mean to lay down judgement for a man's taste or anything, but — well, let's just say you should expect few surprises.


Yes, fast food is on the menu. Get used to it, because there's a lot on this list. It's probably no huge shock to find that the unctuous darling of the corporate world is a big fan of the food world's corporate darlings. Yes, Trump is a McDonald's fan. After a press conference in the heady days of early 2016, Trump answered a series of quick-fire questions in which he revealed that his favorite McDonald's menu item is the Fish Delight.

Now, you might feel like pointing out that there is no such thing as the Fish Delight at McDonald's. You may even suggest that "Fish Delight" is the exact sort of thing somebody might come up with if they had eaten a ton of fast food in their life but without ever having to go into a store and order from the menu themselves. Yes, you might think that, but we couldn't possibly comment.


Where McDonald's leads, KFC shall follow — and nowhere is this truer than on the list of the president's favorite foods. In the considerably less heady days of mid-2016, Trump tweeted a photo of himself on his own private jet, chowing down on a veritable banquet of KFC. A subsequent investigation by The Washington Post revealed a great deal about Trump's meal.

Namely, that his $20 Fill-Up bucket is supposed to feed a small group, that his use of a stainless steel knife, fork and spoon was pointless-going-on-laughable, and that his choice of reading material to go with the "meal" was The Wall Street Journal and a copy of a letter sent by senate democrats to President Obama urging the acceptance of more Syrian refugees into the United States.

Well-done steak

Yes, you read that correctly — the 45th President of the United States of America enjoys his steaks burnt to a crisp. Despite ordering a well-done steak being regarded by many chefs as the culinary equivalent of a minor war crime, Trump's butler, Anthony Senecal, revealed that his steaks would be so well-done that they'd "rock on the plate."

Certain studies have also revealed that consuming over-cooked meat can lead to memory problems in later life and put you at a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer. More than anything, however, a well-done steak is simply a waste of good meat. It is fine dining for the unrefined; the perfect tough and tasteless non-reward for someone who thinks they know better than the chef. But the only person he's hurting, in this case, is himself.

Taco bowls

During the election campaign, Trump decided to make efforts to win over the hispanic vote on Cinco de Mayo by tweeting a photo of himself at Trump Tower, in NYC, eating a taco bowl. He also took the opportunity to plug Trump Tower's restaurant and declare that he "loves Hispanics!"

To save you the trouble, Business Insider, earlier this year, sent a food reporter to Trump Grill to try the taco bowl for themselves. The $18 dish apparently had a decent, warm crunch to its tacos, but fell flat in pretty much every other aspect. The guac was bland, the beef underseasoned and the cheese no more than pre-shredded cheddar. Business Insider declared the president's version of the classic Tex-Mex dish as "passable at best, mediocre at worst."

Not alcohol

What may come as slightly more of a surprise is the fact that Donald Trump is a teetotaller. According to the man himself, he's never had a drink because his elder brother, Fred Trump, died of alcoholism at the age of 41. As a result, he's allegedly never touched a drop of the stuff, even while scaling the dizzying heights of the New York real estate business.

Except, of course, that doesn't seem to be entirely true. The Telegraph ran a story this year suggesting that he might have broken his golden rule at a meeting at the UN. After a little bit of analysis, political pundits seemed to agree that the reddish liquid he was drinking was, indeed, wine. Frankly, we're appalled and disappointed that the president would be so unashamedly dishonest. That's not like him at all.

Burger King

Yes, we're back to the fast food. You thought you'd seen the last of it, hadn't you? Not content with McDonald's and KFC, it seems Trump isn't averse to shaking things up a little and branching out with a Burger King every once in awhile. After a speech in Florida during the election campaign, Trump and his team celebrated by sending his driver to the drive-in to pick up food for the gang. According to an interview shortly after, Trump opted for fast food simply because it was quick.

Apparently, Trump's love of Burger King isn't unreciprocated, either — shortly after the election, Burger King Russia honored the newly-elected President of the United States by releasing a Trump-themed burger, which was essentially just their "Angriest Whopper" meal, except larger. We needn't say more.


Yes, pizza! Who doesn't love it? It's the ultimate comfort food — the snack of choice for today's undiscerning everyman. Nobody better encapsulates this truth, of course, than self-declared man-of-the-people Donald Trump.

And who are you to say that it's "bizarre" that Trump eats his pizza by scraping off and eating the toppings and leaving the dough? Who are you to say that it's "off-putting to the extreme"? Who are you to highlight the hypocrisy of this strange habit flying totally under the radar when a certain news organization once relentlessly attacked Obama for ordering dijon mustard with a sandwich? No one, that's who.

Also revealed in his quick-fire US Magazine interview: Trump likes cherry and vanilla ice cream, Citizen Kane and hamburgers. But you knew that last one, didn't you?

Meatloaf sandwiches

Coming in on the relatively normal end of Donald Trump's diet spectrum, we've got meatloaf sandwiches. Long before the presidency entered Trump's sights, he appeared on television with Martha Stewart (looking faintly ridiculous with a cook's apron hanging over the front of his suit, but who's judging) and his wife Melania to aid in the creation of what he declared as one of his favorite foods.

Naturally, we watched the video so you don't have to. Here's the skinny: Trump pretty much spends three minutes plugging The Apprentice while he slaps together a meatloaf sandwich that, to his credit (or Stewart's) looks just about passable. At one point, he asks if he's going to catch anything from Stewart handling the food. Good times.

Diet Coke

So if he's not (according to him) drinking beer and wine, what's he washing down all that fast food with? Well, it's not water. According to The New York Times, Trump drinks at least a dozen Diet Cokes every day. It's no secret that Americans in general have a problem with sugary beverages, but a dozen sodas a day — even the diet variety — is just a bit over the top, even for our fearless leader. 

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University told Time that just the caffeine from all that soda is enough to cause him problems like a higher heart rate, insomnia and migraines — not to mention other health issues related to diet soda like weight gain, increased risk for type 2 diabetes, and increased risk of strokes. But judging from the rest of his diet, he's probably not too concerned with that anyway.

Not breakfast

Now, we can't actually levy any criticism at Trump for this one. Despite some people heralding breakfast as the Queen of All Meals, for others, it's simply not a priority. In an interview with Fox News (via the Chicago Tribune), Trump revealed that breakfast is, indeed, his least favorite meal of the day. When he does go for it, he eats bacon and eggs or cornflakes "right out of the fields of Iowa."

What else is there to say? The man's not big on breakfast. Fair enough.

Fine dining

Trump does get out to a fancy restaurant every now and again, though. In the past, he's been spotted out dining with his family, a failed British politician and even occasionally a Democrat or two. Often, however, these restaurant-based dinners serve a political or social purpose rather than a personal one.

The Washington Examiner reported in January a story related by Governor Chris Christie, in which Trump ordered dinner for Christie at a restaurant in one of Trump's New York hotels. He brought out the chef, asked what he had ordered the week before, and ordered the exact same thing again, for himself and for Christie.

It would appear that, when it comes to the choice of food and of the restaurant in which he eats it, Trump is hardly the most adventurous diner on the planet. Like we said — no surprises.