When reporters from Time sat down to dine with the president at the White House on Monday, they found Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were served slightly different desserts than they were, among other mealtime discrepancies:
The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else. The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.
“The president likes to use the powers of pageantry to achieve his aims,” Time reporter Zeke Miller observed after the visit, which included a tour of private spaces in the White House.
We wouldn’t be surprised if this applies to dessert, too.