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Donald Trump reportedly always made hotel staff open a bottle of Diet Coke in front of him.
An former employee from Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. has revealed the 74-year-old's strange list of demands when dining there.
Trump would reportedly insist on sitting at table 72, a booth in the middle of the hotel's mezzanine, which would be reserved for him at all times.
And a 'Standard Operating Procedure' document, which has been obtained by the Washingtonian, shows the protocols staff had to follow when waiting on him.
As soon as Trump had been seated, a server had to 'discreetly present' a mini bottle of Purell hand sanitizer - even pre-Covid he was concerned about germs.
They would then ask: "Good (time of day) Mr. President. Would you like your Diet Coke with or without ice?"
Instructions for pouring the beverage - illustrated in four photographs - would then be followed by the server, with the drink only ever opened in front of the germaphobe President and 'never beforehand'.
The waiter also had to use a longneck bottle opener, holding it by the lower third of the handle, with one hand on the Diet Coke - also by the lower third.
After having poured it into the glass, they were then told to place it to Trump's right-hand side, a practice that had to be 'repeated until POTUS departs'.
As well as the ritual drink opening, Trump always ate the exact same thing whenever he visited the hotel: shrimp cocktail, well-done steak and fries, followed by either apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert.
And he also had to be presented with a brand new mini bottle of Heinz ketchup, with staff making sure the President could hear the "pop" sound.
Additionally, a tray of junk food always needed to be available for every Trump visit, packed with Lay's potato chips (specifically, sour cream and onion), Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins, and Pop-Secret.
Trump's love of Diet Coke is nothing new, though, he was even said to have had a 'Diet Coke button' on his desk in the Oval Office - something which Joe Biden wasted no time in getting rid of when he moved in.
Though it might sound like a bit of a joke, a number of respected journalists have all attested to the fact that there was a small box with a little red button on it.
When pressed, a member of staff would appear carrying his favourite fizzy drink on a silver platter.
The existence of the box was revealed all the way back in 2017, when Associated Press journalist Julie Pace wrote: "Midway through my interview with President Donald Trump, he reached over and pressed a red button on his desk in the Oval Office.
"It didn't trigger a nuclear launch or send advisers scurrying into the room.
"Instead, a White House butler walked in with a single glass of Diet Coke on a silver tray for the commander in chief."
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