While there might be sticking points on a potential deal, U.S. negotiators can agree on one thing, their love of Twizzlers, string cheese and other goodies.
The 15-person U.S. delegation and their staff have, since June, scarfed down 10 pounds of strawberry Twizzlers, 30 pounds of mixed nuts and dried fruit, 20 pounds of string cheese and more than 200 Rice Krispies treats, a senior official said.
One U.S. negotiator estimated he’s traveled over 400,000 miles, the equivalent of circling the earth 16 times, since the negotiations began.
“There have been three trips to the hospital over the past 18 months for various reasons,” one senior administration official said. “Everyone has been sick at some point ... but that bears no relationship to our wonderful diet.”