President Donald Trump has been in office for over a month now, yet he’s hardly been seen around town.
POTUS remedied that lack of visibility February 25 by making a very public appearance at BLT Prime, the posh steakhouse embedded within his eponymous hotel.
Unlike the pool reporter Trump left stranded in a waiting van, intrepid reporter Benny Johnson of Independent Journal Review provided a first-hand account of Trump’s big night out — having learned of the anticipated trek down Pennsylvania Avenue NW from a tipster (yet another leak to plug, Mr. Spicer).
According to Johnson, Trump initially broke bread with British politician Nigel Farage, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife, Renda, who were also dining at the restaurant, albeit at a separate table, later joined Trump and his other guests.
Here are five takeaways from the presidential party:
- Someone at the table is a fan of crustaceans. “Three jumbo shrimp cocktails were delivered before the meal.”
- He may toss supporters red meat, but Trump only ingests fully fired proteins. “The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does.”
- Although he’s hosted the show (twice) and tweets about it obsessively, Trump evidently has no idea how “Saturday Night Live” actually works. “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.’”
- Stand down, ethics watchdogs: Trump paid for everything. “I am told by restaurant staff that Trump picked up their tab for dinner.”
- Trump tips bigly. “Discretely, Trump can be seen handing cash to one of the latino busboys for his table. The president handed the young man a $100 bill.”