Fast food was again on the White House menu as members of the champion North Dakota State University's football team gathered for a reception hosted by President Donald Trump to celebrate their Division I FCS national championship win.

The meal, which included fare from McDonald's and Chik-Fil-A, was served on silver platters and fine china in the State Dining Room.

"We could've had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food — because I know you people," Trump said to the players amid laughter.

The fast food spread is a similar buffet the president served the Clemson University football players in January, in which Trump served pyramids of Big Macs and other assorted items from hamburger franchises like Wendy's and Burger King. 

At the time, Trump claimed he paid for the fast food feast for the Clemson players out of his own pocket due to the 35-day partial government shutdown, which affected the White House kitchen staff.

"Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone's favorite fast foods," said deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley at the time, alluding to Trump's refusal to compromise on a border security budget.

A number of newspapers were quick to estimate the amount Trump spent on the platters of burgers and fries if this was indeed the case, coming up with figures anywhere between $861.72 and $2,911.44.

Trump says that this time around he chose a fast food smorgasbord to show a sign of support for American businesses.

"We like American companies, OK?" said Trump, before prompting the team to "go eat up."

Fast food for Bison players in the White House President Donald Trump speaks behind a table of fast-food during an event in honor of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champions in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2019. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images