Trump’s DC hotel restaurant had a seven-step process for serving him a Diet Coke: report

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Donald Trump drinks a Diet Coke at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York in 2016.

  • When dining at the BLT steakhouse in Washington DC, Trump was served with precision.
  • Waiters had to follow a seven-step process for serving Diet Cokes, according to Washingtonian.
  • Trump reportedly ate the same meal every time he visited the restaurant.
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When former President Donald Trump ventured outside of the White House to the BLT Prime restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, his penchant for Diet Cokes came with him.

In a Washingtonian magazine report, employees revealed how the restaurant had an intricate, seven-step process for serving the soda to Trump.

Employees were instructed to follow a “Standard Operating Procedure” handbook, which Washingtonian obtained, whenever Trump was dining at BLT Prime.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the first step involved a waiter “discreetly” offering a small bottle of Purell hand sanitizer for the former president, a self-described germaphobe.

The waiter then greeted Trump and asked if he preferred his Diet Coke with or without ice. 

The third step involved the waiter presenting a polished tray with chilled bottles and glasses to be used for either of Trump’s preferences.

The waiter would then open the bottle of Diet Coke within sight of Trump.

Next, the waiter would hold a bottle opener “by the lower third” and the Diet Coke in the same position while popping the bottle open.

Once poured, the drink was then placed to the right of Trump on the dining table.

The final step? The waiter had to repeat the process until the former president left the restaurant.

While dining, Trump reportedly ate the same meal with his Diet Coke, which included popovers, shrimp cocktail, and a well-done steak. Favored dessert options, which Trump didn’t always indulge in, included an apple pie or chocolate cake.

In the Oval Office, Trump reportedly consumed a dozen Diet Cokes a day, using a red button on the Resolute desk to request the sodas.

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Biden appears to have removed the button Trump used to order Diet Cokes from the Oval Office desk

Biden in the Oval Office, left, and Trump in the Oval Office, right.
Biden in the Oval Office, left, and Trump in the Oval Office, right.

  • President Biden moved a button former President Trump used to order Diet Coke to the Oval Office.
  • Trump revealed in 2017 that when he pressed a button on his Oval Office desk, a White House butler would bring him soda.
  • The call button isn’t new — Obama was pictured with it too — but it’s no longer on the Resolute Desk.
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A button former President Donald Trump used to order Diet Cokes while sitting at the Resolute Desk in the White House has apparently been moved since President Joe Biden took office.

Trump first showed off the wooden call box in 2017 interviews with the Associated Press and the Financial Times. He showed reporters that with a push of a red button, a White House butler would bring him a glass of soda in the Oval Office.

In the years after, Trump was pictured regularly with the rectangular wooden box on the desk, right next to his phones.

The call button is not new and isn’t only used for soda – President Barack Obama was once pictured with it on a table during a lunch with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Read more: I went inside the US Capitol’s immense security bubble to cover the most surreal presidential inauguration of my lifetime. Here’s what I saw.

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President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have lunch in the Oval Office Dining Room of the White House, Oct. 22, 2009, with the call button visible on the table.

But Biden appears to have moved the call button off his desk.

Instead, photos of his desk on Biden’s first day of office show two phones, a coffee cup, a set of pens. It’s unclear where the call button went.

Presidents almost always redesign the Oval Office upon taking office, and the call button wasn’t the only thing Biden changed.

Biden replaced a portrait of President Andrew Jackson with a portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and opted to feature a number of progressives and activists through the room, including Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

He also chose to display portraits of Benjamin Franklin, President Thomas Jefferson, and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.

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