WASHINGTON (NBC News/AP) – President Donald Trump paid tribute to Clemson for winning the national championship with a White House ceremony Monday evening.
On the menu: McDonald’s, an option the president said he likes and thought the players would, too.
Trump said he paid for the platters of Big Macs and Filet-O-Fish because “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed” due to the ongoing government shutdown.
After the meal, the ceremony began. The president shared his congratulations along with others like Senators Tim Scott and Lindsay Graham.
Trump then took the team to the Oval Office for a group photo.
The visit by the Clemson football team will be its second since Trump has become president. The Tigers last visited in June 2017 after their championship run the previous season.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has nominated this season’s undefeated Tigers as the best college team ever. Trump calls them a “great team, an unbelievable team.”
Trump has routinely sparred with professional athletes during his two years in office. College football has managed to avoid such political controversies with last year’s champion Alabama also visiting the White House.