The staff at the DC-based Trump Hotel had to follow a Standard Operating Procedure manual while serving the then-President.
Donald Trump's unhealthy eating habits are no secret to us but now his peculiar dining out habits have also been revealed and it's bizarre, to say the least. Now that the 74-year-old is no longer the President of the United States, his employees at the Trump International Hotel have leaked a few quirks that they had to humor in order to keep the then commander-in-chief happy. When he was still the POTUS, Trump would head to the upscale BLT Prime restaurant inside his DC-based hotel and the staff had to follow a Standard Operating Procedure manual to serve him. The Washingtonian has obtained this curious manual, and now we know what it says.
It began by revealing that table 72 of the eatery was on constant reserve for Trump who would pop in whenever he wanted to have a meal there. I'm sure you remember Trump's less than adequate handling of the coronavirus pandemic but the thing that subjected him to more criticism was his constant refusal to wear a mask. Contrary to this attitude, the man maintained that he was a germaphobe whenever he went out to eat. On his arrival at the eatery, the staff was expected to "discreetly" hand him a mini bottle of Purell hand sanitizer.
T’s germophobe thing makes his anti-mask, Covid-denying bullshit even more enraging. If that’s possible.— Dash Eaves (@DashEaves) February 19, 2021
Trump whose love for Diet Coke knows no bounds also had a specific set of instructions when it came to presenting and pouring the soft drink. The seven-step service began with the waiter asking, "Good (time of day) Mr. President. Would you like your Diet Coke with or without ice?" It is reported that "A polished tray with chilled bottles and highball glasses was already prepared for either response." He insisted on having the beverage "opened in front of the germaphobe commander in chief, ‘never beforehand.’"
While pouring the drink, the server had to carefully "hold a longneck-bottle opener by the lower third of the handle in one hand and the Diet Coke, also by the lower third, in the other." After this, "the drink had to be placed at the President’s right-hand side. 'Repeat until POTUS departs,'" read the instructions according to the Hollywood Life. When it came to food, Trump would always order the same thing according to the S.O.P. document. "Shrimp cocktail, well-done steak, and fries (plus sometimes apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert). Popovers — make it a double for the President — had to be served within two minutes and the crustaceans 'immediately.'"
When people defend billionaires, this is what they're defending. Exorbitant waste and completely worthless preferences they can impose on all those around them, under threat of life-altering consequences.— Jeremy Russell says Black Lives Matter (@JeremyTRussell) February 19, 2021
Unlike his kids, who would return plates of food just for containing garnishes, Trump would never send back a plate but would definitely complain about getting a smaller steak than someone else at the table. Moreover, while eating his dinner, his germaphobe habits had to be satiated. The instruction manual advised the server to open a mini glass bottle of Heinz ketchup right in front of him while ensuring that the POTUS could distinctly heat the "pop" sound made by the seal. If the steak, fries, and coke seemed healthy wait till you hear the amount of candy and snacks that had to be kept on hand while the President dined at the restaurant. The list, which is sure to make any kid jealous, included "Lay’s potato chips (specifically, sour cream and onion), Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins, and Pop-Secret."