Barack Obama played basketball every morning, was often photographed hitting the gym when he traveled, and had one of the healthiest diets we’ve ever seen in a president.
But it was hamburgers, steaks, and french fries for Bill Clinton, which led to quadruple bypass surgery to restore blood flow to his heart in 2010. "I was lucky I did not die of a heart attack," Clinton told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta of becoming a vegan post-surgery.
Now, in a new book from former Donald Trump associates Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Let Trump Be Trump, the two detail the president’s eating habits — which do much to explain both his body type and his explosive temper.
“There were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke,” they write.
While on the road, the campaign would often stop at McDonald’s, where Trump would order two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, and a chocolate milkshake, which roughly equals a whopping 2,420 calories.
The book also details how campaign staffer Sam Nunberg was purposely left behind at a McDonald’s when his personal order took too long. “Leave him,” Trump said. He was left behind at the counter, waiting for his food.
If Trump’s own food was not delivered to the temperature and time he wanted, watch out.
The book says, “The orchestrating and timing of Mr. Trump’s meals was as important as any other aspect of his march to the presidency.”
Aboard Trump Force One, he liked to snack. Large amounts of cookies and snacks had to always be stocked. Among his favorites are Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and many packages of Oreos. If there were no fresh packages for him to open, germaphobe Trump “would scream expletive-filled rants at aides, who had their “face[s] ripped off.”
True aide and "alternative facts" phrase-coiner Kellyanne Conway once commented to the media that her boss’ diet “goes with his authenticity,” adding about Hillary Clinton: “I don’t think Hillary Clinton would be eating Popeyes biscuits and fried chicken.” (Um, what would that prove?)
Summing up his habits, the book says: “Sooner or later, everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place.”
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