Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House thus far has been covered with near feverish obsession by the world’s media. So much of the Trump’s political rise has been unprecedented and newsworthy that it can sometimes feel like there isn’t a stone left unturned when it comes to the 45th President of the United States.
Many of Trump’s political decisions have been the subject of fierce criticism; first there came his original executive order for an immigration ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States, which sparked furious protests and mass confusion at airports before being subsequently blocked in court.
Then, after pictures emerged emerged of the President surrounded by male colleagues while signing an order known as the Global Gag Rule, which blocks federal funding for non-governmental organisations that provide advice on, or referrals to abortion services. Until now, though, there is one aspect of the Donald’s lifestyle has been left largely by the wayside; his eating habits.
Sure, there was the utterly bizarre tweet that the then presidential candidate sent out in May last year that depicted him flashing a toothy smile while tucking into a taco bowl. The caption read, “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
Other than that one peculiar moment, though, we’ve been left relatively in the dark as to Trump’s culinary preferences. Well, if you were just desperate to find out what the 45th President of the United States likes to eat, toil in ignorance no longer, as it appears that he has a particular liking for the classic dish meatloaf.
Recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a meeting with President Trump at the White House and found out, first hand, that he really likes his meatloaf, so much so that he ordered it for the governor without really giving him a choice.
“This is what it’s like to be with Trump… He says, there’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want” Christie explains, “and then he says, Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf”.
Apparently, as well, his love for the dish goes all the way back to his childhood, with several high profile stops along the way.
Back in 2005, Donald Trump and his wife Melania appeared on television together and made some meatloaf sandwiches (isn’t meatloaf bread-y enough already!?) which Trump pronounced delicious, “it tastes just like my mother’s meatloaf, she used to do a great job.”
The plot thickens once again, though, as it becomes clear that a New York restaurant even named their meatloaf recipe after Donald Trump. The then businessman requested meatloaf at Sparks Steakhouse, but they didn’t have any on the menu.
“I once served Trump at Sparks Steakhouse. He asked for meatloaf, but we didn’t have it on the menu” explains the owner, “We didn’t spare any expense” he says, as he recounts how they prepared a meatloaf dish for Trump on the spot. It has since become entitled The Trump.
Away from the reassuringly consistent world of cuisine, the President’s revised version of the blocked immigration ban that first came into effect on 27th January is due to be implemented on 16th March. The new ban has been perceived as a slight back-track from the White House, which has removed Iraq from its list of banned countries after it agreed to more extensive checks.
It is still seen as unacceptable by opponents of the initial directive, however; Reuters reports that several states will renew their efforts to have President Trump’s ban blocked in court. Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon are said to have filed court papers requesting that a judge stop the ban from being implemented, arguing that it is the same as the first directive that was curbed by federal courts.
The new ban was announced with prior warning this time round; White House officials will hope that the period of notice will help to alleviate the scenes of confusion that were prevalent across the United States after the initial immigration ban was put into place practically without warning.