Now We Know Why Donald Trump Loves McDonald’s So Much

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

Donald Trump hasn’t hidden his love for McDonald’s. | Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images

It’s no secret Donald Trump loves fast food: His family, his staff, and even he himself have confirmed this to be true. The subject was broached again in Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. 

It turns out that past the draw of their salty french fries and Big Macs, there are other surprising reasons why the wealthy president opts for the dollar menu (pages 5 and 6).

He ate it consistently on the campaign

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager for a little over a year, co-authored a book with David Bossie, another top aide. In Let Trump Be Trump, the two reveal information about Trump’s dietary habits while campaigning for the presidency.

Lewandowski and Bossie wrote that “the orchestrating and timing of Mr. Trump’s meals was as important as any other aspect of his march to the presidency.” They also claimed that “exhaustive efforts” went into ensuring hot fast food was delivered to Trump’s plane as he left each of his rallies.

His favorite meal packs over 2,000 calories

a big mac hamburger

Big Macs are part of his order. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Lewandowski disclosed Trump’s McDonald’s order: two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate milkshake. This dinner roughly adds up to 2,420 calories, double the average daily recommendation for a male of Trump’s height and weight.

Trump’s fast-food diet is a theme in general. According to Lewandowski, Trump Force One’s “four major food groups” included McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke.

What Trump would do just for some McDonald’s

McDonald's restaurant sign

He once left behind a staffer at McDonald’s because his order was taking too long. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Trump’s McDonald’s fetish has also led him to make some questionable decisions. Lewandowski describes how Trump purposefully left behind staffer Sam Nunberg at a McDonald’s because his special-order burger was taking too long. “Leave him, let’s go,” Trump said … and they did.

Fire and Fury makes yet another claim

Copies of the book "Fire and Fury" by author Michael Wolff are displayed on a shelf at Book Passage on January 5, 2018 in Corte Madera, California.

The book claims Donald Trump eats his fast food dinner in bed. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Michael Wolff’s explosive “tell-all” has overtaken the internet. Among more shocking revelations, it’s revealed a potential reason behind Trump’s prominent McDonald’s fetish.

“If he was not having his six-thirty dinner with Steve Bannon, then, more to his liking, he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger, watching his three screens and making phone calls,” Wolff wrote.

Next, we’ll explore the two facets of Trump’s personality that could explain his love for fast food.

He’s afraid he’ll get poisoned

Trump at a campaign rally

The book claims a fear of being poisoned is part of the reason he eats fast food. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

While Lewandowski and Bossie revealed Trump’s crazy caloric meal of choice, Wolff revealed some interesting insight about why the billionaire opts for the cheap chain meal.

“[Trump] had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade,” Wolff wrote in Fire and Fury.

He’s a germaphobe

McDonald's worker handing man food in drive-thru

Fast food restaurants have strict safety standards. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The self-appointed germaphobe has gone public with his fear. In one recent instance, C-SPAN tweeted out a photo of a White House aide sneaking the president hand sanitizer on camera. Fire and Fury reveals that Trump forbids White House staff from touching his belongings, primarily his toothbrush and sheets. “If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor,” Trump allegedly told his staff, after “blowing his top,” Wolff wrote.

This phobia influences his choice of food, too. Trump reportedly finds McDonald’s, along with other fast food institutions, the safest options. “I like cleanliness. I think you’re better off going there than someplace you have no idea where the food is coming from. It’s a certain standard,” Trump explained.

The book has received mixed critical reviews

Author Michael Wolff attends the New York Magazine 50th Anniversary Party at Katz's Delicatessen on October 24, 2017 in New York City.

The president has denied many claims in author Michael Wolff’s book. | Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for New York Magazine

While Trump himself has confirmed his love of McDonald’s and his germaphobia, it’s crucial to note that he has contested many of the statements Wolff made in his book. Trump called the book “untruthful” and the author a “total loser,” while some reporters have called out inaccurate details.

Regardless, Wolff has called his project “really solid” and defended his claims. “I am confident in everything that is in this book,” he said.

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