Among the 800,000 federal workers who have been caught in the shutdown's crossfire are White House catering staff, who have been furloughed without pay.
The first lady's office also oversees White House tours - through the White House Visitor Center - and takes the lead on social events though the White House Social Secretary, who is based in the East Wing. "We will have food for you to eat or food to take home".
It was announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration is calling almost 50,000 staff back to work, unpaid, in a bid to minimise the shutdown's impact.
"We made an early estimate right at the beginning of the crisis that was a little bit lower than the estimate you just cited and have been studying hard as this has gone on and have found that actually the damage is a little bit worse because of government contractors, something that was excluded from our first analysis". We aren't all here to make salads for men.
"And I said, you guys aren't into salads. While campaigning, Trump inhaled Filets-o-Fish and Big Macs and snacked on Oreos", according to The Washington Post. They focus on high-risk medical devices, drugs and food.
In a video of the event the players seem to be enjoying the food.
Asked if border security had reached crisis proportions, Baker said, "I think border security is a really important national issue and anybody who doesn't needs to talk to some of the people who deal with all the issues associated with fentanyl and drug trafficking and all the rest".
Trump had announced the visit Friday in a tweet, writing, "what a game, what a coach, what a team!"
And almost half of the East Wing's staff is gone, Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com, adding: 'We have no advance teams or support staff'. President Donald Trump chose to serve fast food due to the government shutdown, and the decision prompted more than a few jokes and player reactions. Within one hour, it was all gone. She said the president "looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government".
Players loaded white china plates with the meal, which was set on a table with gold candelabras and silver saucers filled with dipping condiments. Several young men were spotted eating multiple burgers at the standup tables dotting the East Room. "But also I hope it will be a call to action for our senators and congressman and especially President Trump to make sure that we end this moment in the history of America where families are about to go hungry". "Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza", Trump said.