"We could have had chefs -- we could have -- but we got fast food," Trump said at the event. "I know you people very well."
At the time of the Clemson event, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attributed the decision to serve fast food, at least in part, to the fact that the White House catering staff had been furloughed without pay.
"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," Sanders said in a statement at the time.
ABC News' Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.