The president was heading to his new flagship property in D.C.,
the Trump Hotel, for a private dinner at the BLT Steakhouse
inside. Once the president arrived at the location, the reporter
who was on assignment to cover him, Jordan Fabian of The Hill, was
not let into the building and had to wait in the van outside for
the remainder of the dinner, without a guest list or details of
what was happening inside.
Inside the restaurant, I was seated at a table which I had booked
hours earlier, directly next to where Trump would be dining. I
made the booking based on a tip from a trusted source. I was ready
to tell the story no one else would get to see and was personally
fascinated to observe how a restaurant prepares for a president —
and how Trump interacts when he believes no press are present.
The night was a wild one. Here is what happens when President
Trump goes to dinner.