Love him or hate him, we can all agree that our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, has some interesting dietary habits.
His love of well-done steak slathered in ketchup is well-documented, legend has it at group dinners (presidential or not) he’s served two scoops of ice cream while other guests only get one - if he gets the same thing his other diners did - and he’s inclined to call a simple Mar-a-Lago dessert “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen”.
According to a profile the New York Times, Donald Trump is known to drink 12 Diet Coca-Colas per day. Intriguing for someone who not only was once said to be in the best shape of his life by his doctor, but also tweeted "I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke."
To put 45's diet soda consumption into perspective, a 12-can-a-day habit would take his annual Diet Coke intake at 4,380 cans per year. You could swim in that! Maybe even fill a lake at a golf course.
Now, Trump’s wacky eating habits are venturing into new territory: health food. Continuing his hot streak of uninterrupted gossip about the president, former New York City mayor and current Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post yesterday that at a recent lunch together, Trump ordered a burger - one of his perennial favorites - but with only half a bun. You know, for health reasons.
“It’s a good way to do it,” Giuliani told the paper, adding that he himself sometimes goes the completely mystifying but definitely messy half-bun route. A hack if I ever heard of one. Back to the messiness of the burger though - remember Trump eats his fast food with cutlery (unless it's pizza which he eats backwards).
Apparently, Trump’s oh-so-healthy modifications to his beloved fast food meals date back to his campaign trail days, when his standard order, according to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, was two Mickey D’s Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fish and a chocolate milkshake—aka a heart attack on a plastic tray.
Lewandowski told CNN “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota last December, “Well, he never ate the bread, which is the important part,” he said. “So it was really, you know, a couple of fish sandwiches and a couple pieces of meat and a drink.”
Where to begin with that statement? Setting aside the fact that a Filet-O-Fish without the bread is not, in fact, a sandwich, the above order still totals about 2400 calories and 100 grams of fat. Leaving off a couple of pieces of bread to make it “healthier” is about as logical as, well, putting blame “on both sides” after the violent actions of white supremacists led to 34 injuries and three deaths in Charlottesville last year. So to speak.
But who can blame Trump for fancying himself an expert in nutrition? After all, Dr Harold Bornstein, Trump’s bespectacled former personal physician who looks like he’s on a permanent acid trip, once praised the then-candidate’s “extraordinary” stamina and physical strength, claiming that if elected, Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".
Turns out Trump wrote that mind-bending statement himself - Bornstein just signed it. So maybe we can expect a best-selling diet book to belong to the president’s sometime soon.