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Retired NFL star promises Clemson ‘proper meal’ of lobster after Trump fast food feast

Trump serves fast food dinner to Clemson Tigers football team at White House

President Trump welcomed the national champion Clemson Tigers to the White House on Monday night, serving them McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King.
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President Trump welcomed the national champion Clemson Tigers to the White House on Monday night, serving them McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King.

There was mixed reaction to the food the Clemson University football team was served during its visit to the White House Monday night.

One NFL Hall of Fame player is offering to buy the team a meal that could be more expensive than the fast food President Donald Trump provided to the Tigers, who were honored for winning college football’s national championship.

Michael Strahan, who played for the New York Giants before becoming a TV personality, invited the Clemson football team to a dinner in New York City — and said he would pay for the meal.

Strahan made the offer on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where he is one of the show’s hosts.

“I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal,” Strahan said Tuesday.

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The former football star who also covers the NFL for FOX, even listed a possible menu option, one that’s on the more expensive side.

“Whoever can make it, we’ll hook you up with lobster. Whatever you want, we’re going to take care of you,” Strahan said on the program. “We’re going to give you the proper meal that you deserve because that was one great game, a great accomplishment.”

While “Good Morning America” was on air, Trump tweeted about the great experience of hosting the Tigers. In the Twitter post the president said he paid for “massive amounts of fast food ... over 1,000 hamburgers etc.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump footed the bill for the meal, tweeting “He personally paid for the event to be catered by some of America’s great fast food joints,” a list that included McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King.

Not to be outdone, Strahan offered to buy a meal for the Tigers, after co-host Sara Haines asked “Are you paying? We don’t have a lot of money here.”

“It’s out of my pocket, I got you guys, I got it. Out of my pocket ... I’ll pay for it, no problem,” Strahan said on the show. “... Those guys deserve it, congratulations to Clemson.”

There has been no word from Clemson, if the football team plans to accept Strahan’s offer.

The Clemson players were not complaining about the spread at the White House, Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, told The State.

“They loved it. They lined up,” Bannister said. “They all grabbed several (Big Macs and Quarter Pounders) off the table. They all recognized this was a chow line and they were lining up, filling it up.”

With the government shut down, President Trump had a choice to make. He explains why he decided to serve the team pizza and hamburgers Monday night at the White House.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.