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; at group dinners, he’s served two scoops of ice cream while other guests only get one; and he’s inclined to call a simple Mar-a-Lago dessert “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen.” 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.
“It’s a good way to do it,” Giuliani told the paper, adding that he himself sometimes goes the completely mystifying, definitely messy half-bun route.
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. But as 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—get your head in the game, Lewandowski!—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.
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 be the president’s next act.