Former NFL running back and college star Reggie Bush called President Donald Trump’s gesture of serving the national champion Clemson Tigers fast food during their White House visit on Monday “disrespectful on so many levels” and a “huge slap in the face.”
Trump provided the Clemson players and staff a buffet that included Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s during their championship celebration at the White House and the Tuesday morning tweeted that they were “great players and big eaters.”
The Tigers beat Alabama last week for their second national title in three years.
Bush tweeted Tuesday morning: “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, @ClemsonFB you guys deserve better you are world champs and this is the honor you receive from our nations leader!? This is disrespectful on so many levels, just a huge slap in the face after that kind of performance! SMH!”
Reggie Bush and the 2003 national champion Trojans visited the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Bush won the 2005 Heisman Trophy as a standout running back for Southern California, but later forfeited the award due to allegations that he received improper benefits. Those allegations eventually led USC to be dealt a two-year-postseason ban by the NCAA and the program’s national championship in 2004 being vacated.
In the midst of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, Trump welcomed coach Dabo Swinney, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and 75 other Tigers players.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump covered the cost of the food because “the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security” and “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed.”
Trump alluded to that Tuesday in a tweet.
Contributing: Tom Schad