It’s unclear how many nations that standard rules out, but it still might leave room for entertaining certain friends around the globe with more than a Big Mac.
So what should guests expect? Well, the party digs at the White House could look a little different.
Trump has said he once offered to build a $100 million ballroom at the White House to accommodate large crowds, in place of the tents that are used for larger dinners that spill onto the South Lawn. “We’ll get the top people, the top everything, we’ll have the best ballroom,” he said. “Because I notice they always put tents up on the lawn. Number one, it’s not a good security thing. Number two, the guy that owns the tents is making a fortune.”
And the best indicator of the kind of black-tie affairs he and wife Melania would throw might be the couple’s own 2005 wedding at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The star-studded affair was extravagant, of course, but it was classic, too: the menu featured caviar and beef tenderloin, the soundtrack was courtesy of a full string orchestra, and the decor was “creamy white.”
The lavish fete was planned by New York-based event designer Preston Bailey, who so impressed the Trump family that he also wound up getting hired for nuptials of Trump offspring Ivanka in 2011 and Eric in 2014. Bailey, it seems, would be up for the White House gig — the party-planner-to-the-stars once told an interviewer that his “ultimate dream” would be to design a state dinner.
Budgets might constrain the billionaire, though. Trump reportedly spent $1 million on his wedding; state dinners typically cost a few hundred thousand. And could they serve as an opportunity for branding — not just for U.S. products, which are often highlighted in state dinner menus and decor, but for Trump himself? (A glass of Trump Winery Meritage or Trump Water, Mr. Ambassador?)