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Trump ignores critics, serves fast food to more athletes. This time, it’s Chick-fil-A.
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Trump ignores critics, serves fast food to more athletes. This time, it’s Chick-fil-A.

He brought out the big guns

President Donald Trump served McDonald's and Chick-fil-A on Monday to North Dakota State University's championship football team.

The team was visiting Washington, D.C., and the White House to celebrate its January win in the FCS title game.

The North Dakota State University Bison won the FCS championship Jan. 5 over Eastern Washington University, 38-24. It was the team's seventh national championship since 2011.

What are the details?

Noting the fast-food spread, Trump told the football players, "We like American companies, OK?"

Trump added that he very well could have had the White House chef cook them up something, but he explained, "I know you people," according to The Hill.

Players reportedly laughed at the president's remark, which was a clear reference to his celebration with the Clemson Tigers in January. The South Carolina team visited the White House during the partial government shutdown, and the president served the team members Burger King and McDonald's. He is also reported to have paid for the huge spread out of his own pocket.

The president also insisted at the time that fast food was what the players really wanted. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence lauded the move and said that he loved the spread Trump put on to welcome the team to the White House. Lawrence said at the time, "It was awesome! We had McDonald's and everything. It was good!"

What did the head coach say?

On Saturday, Head Coach Matt Entz of the NDSU Bison told the Grand Forks Herald that the visit was an important morale booster.

"We addressed [politics]," Entz said. "This isn't a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It's one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we're going to do together."

You can see more pictures of Monday's event, courtesy of NDSU Football's Twitter account:

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