- Former President Donald Trump visited a McDonald’s in East Palestine, Ohio, on Wednesday.
- In a video shared online, he said he wanted to buy meals for local police officers and firefighters.
- Upon ordering, Trump tells a McDonald’s worker he knows the menu “better than anyone in here.”
Former President Donald Trump told a McDonald’s employee in Ohio on Wednesday that he knows the menu “better than anybody in here.”
Trump stopped by his favorite fast-food chain while visiting the village of East Palestine in Ohio, which was the site of a toxic train derailment earlier this month.
In a video, shared on Twitter by news outlet The Recount, Trump is seen telling a McDonald’s cashier that he wants to buy meals for the town’s police and fire departments.
“What’s your specialty today?” he asks her in the video, before turning to a group of supporters who have gathered at the establishment to see him.
“Hello everybody. That’s a nice, beautiful group of people!” he tells them, before saying: “So, I know this menu better than you do. I probably know it better than anybody in here.”
You can watch the full video here:
—The Recount (@therecount) February 22, 2023
The former president’s love of fast food — especially McDonald’s — has been well-documented.
Two former campaign aides previously reported that Trump’s usual McDonald’s order consisted of two Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fish sandwiches, and a large malted milkshake. During the 2016 presidential election, he would also eat Egg McMuffins for breakfast, Politico reported at the time.
Trump was also known to serve fast food at the White House on occasion, including in 2019 when he famously invited Clemson University’s football team to eat at a fast-food buffet in the State Dining Room to celebrate its national championship win.
He even had McDonald’s delivered to Walter Reed hospital while he was treated for COVID-19 in October 2020.
Trump loves to eat fast food in part because of a “longtime fear” of being poisoned, journalist Michael Wolff wrote in his book “Fire and Fury.”
Before going to the McDonald’s in East Palestine, Trump spoke at a local fire station and criticized the government’s “betrayal” of the town, which has raised concerns about potential ongoing health risks caused by the leaked hazardous chemicals. He also donated Trump-branded water bottles and cleaning supplies.