If you haven't heard by now, here it is: President Donald Trump likes his steaks cooked well done with a side of ketchup. While some culinary purists are outraged by such a seemingly blasphemous idea, we must remember the simple fact, to each his own.
Independent Journal Review's Benny Johnson, who happened to dine in the same restaurant as the president, spoke to the server, who said the president ordered the following meal:
“The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does. The sides and appetizers on the table were shared. Three jumbo shrimp cocktails were delivered before the meal.
And he even commented on what it was like to actual serve the president a meal:
At one point, the President looked at his watch and remarked 'They are filming Saturday Night Live right now. Can't wait to see what they are gonna do to me this week.' It was hard to serve him because he is so funny and relaxed, it makes you laugh.”
That being said, in preparation for his nine-day multi-country foreign trip, President Trump's staff made one thing clear: well-done steak and ketchup will be served, even in Saudi Arabia.
The Associated Press writes:
In Saudi Arabia, people with knowledge of the planning for Trump’s trip say the caterers are planning to offer the president steak and ketchup alongside the lamb and hefty portions of rice on the menu. All the meat will have been butchered in a Shariah-compliant halal manner as per Islamic custom.
It seems that the president isn't fully committing himself to immersing in the unique cultures of the foreign lands he is visiting. He will be sampling some local cuisines, but his staff is allegedly very concerned about keeping President Trump happy on the trip:
Even before Trump's trip morphed from a quick jaunt to Europe into a nine-day behemoth, White House aides were on edge about how the president would take to grueling pressures of foreign travel: the time zone changes, the unfamiliar hotels, the local delicacies. Two officials said they feared that a difficult trip might even lead the president to hand off future traveling duties to Vice President Mike Pence.
President Trump leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, May 19. He will complete his nine-day journey with the eyes of the world watching his every move.