At this point, most Americans are aware of President Donald Trump's somewhat odd eating habits—including his long-standing love affair with McDonald's. But excerpts from a new book, released Wednesday, claim part of his affection for the Golden Arches comes from a fear of being poisoned.
Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House won't be released until January 9, but it has already stirred up controversy, most notably through juicy quotes from former White House strategist Steve Bannon and a scorched-earth response from the president himself. But somewhat under the radar was a small aside about Trump's McDonald's habit, written by Wolff in New York magazine in an article adapted from his forthcoming book. It came in a section about the former reality TV star's discomfort with living in the White House (emphasis added):
"[Trump] reprimanded the housekeeping staff for picking up his shirt from the floor: 'If my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it on the floor.' Then he imposed a set of new rules: Nobody touch anything, especially not his toothbrush. (He 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.) Also, he would let housekeeping know when he wanted his sheets done, and he would strip his own bed."
The president has a well-known aversion to culinary adventures, preferring fatty basics like Kentucky Fried Chicken or American standards such as meatloaf or steak (cooked well-done and paired with ketchup). A self-described germophobe, he also said he liked the food from McDonald's for its consistency.
"One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald's," he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2016. "I'm a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you're better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food's coming from. It's a certain standard."
In December, a Washington Post report detailing tidbits in a different soon-to-be-released Trump book—this one written by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and aide David Bossie—noted the president had an unending appetite for McDonald's. A typical dinner order included "two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish and a chocolate malted."
It seems like a pretty hefty order, but Lewandowski clarified on CNN, "Well, he never ate the bread, which is the important part."