you are what you eat?
June 25, 2018

President Trump responded Monday to the controversy over a Virginia restaurant kicking out his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, by laying down his maxim for dining out: "If a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!"

Trump is famously a germophobe, with his favorite restaurant being McDonald's because "I like cleanliness, and I think you're better off going there than, maybe, someplace that you have no idea where the food's coming from. It's a certain standard." Of course, Trump's decision to bash the Red Hen over its aesthetic shortcomings is particularly ironic when health inspectors have dinged the restaurant at his Mar-a-Lago resort with more than a dozen health code violations.

"Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club's kitchen," the Miami Herald learned last spring, including three violations deemed "high priority" because "they could allow the presence of illness-causing bacteria on plates served in the dining room." Jeva Lange

April 13, 2017

When you pay $200,000 in initiation fees to join an elite club, you do so under the assumption that the meals at the establishment will not give you food poisoning. Nevertheless, health inspectors at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate discovered an eye-popping 13 separate food violations in the club's kitchen, The Miami Herald reports, ranging from two broken-down coolers to a potentially parasitic fish.

Meat at the Winter White House was stored at dangerously high temperatures — conditions that can easily foster bacteria. Ham, for example, was stored at a whopping 57 degrees. Duck and raw beef were kept at 50 degrees, and chicken at 49 degrees. The maximum allowable temperature for raw meat is 41 degrees.

Fish that was intended to be served undercooked had not been properly treated for parasites, the inspectors also learned, and the staff in the kitchen was commanded to either immediately cook it or throw it away. The inspectors also found that the sink where employees washed their hands was too cold to properly sanitize them and the walk-in coolers had rusty shelves.

Trump often shares meals with foreign leaders at Mar-a-Lago, most recently having enjoyed a slice of beautiful cake with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Jeva Lange

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