A report from Breitbart claims that Donald Trump's White House hosted a call with fast food restaurant executives on Tuesday morning and asked them to limit food service to takeout, drive-thru, and delivery amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The executives were reportedly from Chick-fil-A, Domino's Pizza, McDonald's, Papa Johns, and Subway. In addition, there were allegedly Wendy's executives from Bloomin' Brands, which is the parent company of Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, and Outback, as well as top executives from Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.
According to CNBC, a person with direct knowledge of the conversation claimed that one executive on the call urged Trump to provide small business owners with money to ensure they can maintain employees on their payroll, remain solvent, and continue to grow once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
The source claimed that Trump responded positively to the suggestion.
"I think you're really going to like what we're doing," the president allegedly said.
Trump reportedly asked the executives to follow the guidelines he provided to help the United States contain the novel virus. In a statement, White House press secretary Judd Deere claimed that the executives were willing to work with the administration.
"All of the executives committed their restaurants to this critical guideline and assured the President they fully intend to continue feeding their communities through these other innovative avenues."
"They have been fantastic," he said.
"They're keeping it open, smaller staffs. Very capable people, very capable companies."