As the immigration debacle looms large over the halls of Congress, President Donald Trump decided to scrap the lawmakers’ annual congressional picnic at the White House because it just didn’t feel “right.”
“I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, ‘You know, it doesn’t feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on doing something very important,’” Trump said Wednesday, according to Politico. “It didn’t feel exactly right to me.”
The president made the abrupt decision as his administration was taking heat for a controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy that resulted in families being separated at the United States’ southern border. Trump ultimately halted the practice by signing an executive order midweek.
So where is all the food going?
Because Trump’s cancellation came at the last minute, the food — ribeye steaks, spinach, coleslaw, black beans, quinoa, and pies — was already being prepared.
They are grilling up some massive steaks here at the White House today – I could smell these all the way out on Pennsylvania Avenue. pic.twitter.com/mAbPageWp0
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) June 20, 2018
But what’s going to happen to all these steaks?! Pres. Trump says the congressional picnic scheduled for Thursday is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/jNXJ9wE9F1
— Kelly Daschle (@kellydaschle) June 20, 2018
So since the food is already made, it’s going to a great group of people.
All the food will be served Friday for lunch at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to a report from Bloomberg News. The food will be given to patients, caregivers, and employees at the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
“All perishables donated to Walter Reed. Non perishables to be repurposed for future events,” Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, said.