ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith: Trump serving fast food to Clemson team was ‘disgraceful’ and ‘classless’

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ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith had sharp words for President Trump on Wednesday after the White House welcomed the national champion Clemson University Tigers football team with a fast-food dinner including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King on Monday.

During Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith unloaded on the president for what he said was insufficient respect shown to the football team that he credited with a “shocking and stellar performance” in the college football playoffs this season.

{mosads}”I think it was classless on the part of the president of the United States,” Smith said. “I don’t give a damn about, they’re talking about White House employees are furloughed.”

“At the end of the day, these are elite athletes, that are national champions, that put forth an absolutely shocking and stellar performance, and this is how you greet them?” Smith continued. “It’s disgraceful, it was classless, it was wrong to do, he could do better than that.”

“Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan invited the college football team out to a “proper” dinner this week after photos of the White House event emerged on social media.

“I would like to invite the Clemson Tigers football team here for a great meal,” Strahan said on his show Tuesday morning. 

“Lobster, whatever you want, we’re gonna take care of you,” he added. “We’re gonna give you the proper meal that you deserve because that was one great game.”

The team was also invited to restaurants operated by some of Trump’s critics, including the owners of Chicago’s Alinea and Ayesha Curry.

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