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March 14, 2018

President Trump seems to enjoy telling people what they need to eat, be it a hunk of meat or a sad-looking Caesar salad.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has shared the charming story of Trump forcing him to eat meatloaf during a lunch at the White House, and The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that during their visit last November to China, Trump got bossy with outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when a wilted salad appeared at mealtime.

While Caesar salad isn't a Chinese delicacy, Trump was apparently afraid the hosts would take great offense if the Americans didn't eat their greens, so in front of everyone, he ordered Tillerson to take one for the team. "Rex, eat the salad," he said. The Journal reports that Tillerson "laughed off the remark," but it was another sign of their fraught relationship. Following directions that you give a 6-year-old didn't help Tillerson's standing with Trump: He found out he'd been fired via Twitter on Tuesday. Read more about the salad drama at The Wall Street Journal. Catherine Garcia

October 18, 2017

President Trump's decision to add Chad to the list of countries on his latest travel ban came as a surprise to people inside the U.S. government, and it turns out a primary reason for Chad's inclusion was a lack of office supplies.

The Department of Homeland Security asked Chad and every other country to submit samples of passport paper so the department could take a close look and see how secure they are, several U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Chad ran out of passport paper and asked if it could send a sample already made up of the same type of passport, but DHS denied its request for an exemption.

A DHS spokesman confirmed that Chad did not send in a recent sample of its passport paper, but said there are other reasons the country made it on the list, primarily that it "does not share public safety and terrorism-related information." Recently, Chad temporarily stopped issuing passports, so that might be the reason it didn't have any paper hanging around, but it still seemed like an odd reason to put Chad on the list alongside countries like Syria and Libya. Chad is known for its counterterrorism efforts against Boko Haram, and when national security agencies learned that the Department of Homeland Security and the White House wanted to put Chad on the list, without much input from the State Department or Defense Department, they objected but were overruled, officials told AP. Catherine Garcia

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