Trump, who loves McDonald's, suggested that he believes the chain's salty side is the reason he hasn't gone bald in a tweet he posted on Wednesday.
No wonder I didn't lose my hair! https://t.co/jBFE2OEhS2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
Trump was responding to a 2018 tweet from President George W. Bush's White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer, who denounced an ABC report claiming a chemical in McDonald's fries may help cure baldness.
"It doesn't work," Fleischer (who is bald) had tweeted, to which Trump reshared and responded, "No wonder I didn't lose my hair!" His tweet has since gained over 75,000 likes and nearly 14,000 retweets, and counting. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer).
In the study cited in the tweet, Japanese scientists suggested that the cure for baldness lies in a chemical that's added to the frying oil at McDonald's in order to prevent it from frothing up. Scientists tested the chemical on mice and said that they grew hair. This method of producing "hair follicle germs" had yet to be tested on human skin cells at the time.
However, McDonald's declined to comment on this study, and no other known scientific studies appear to have been done on the subject. So, whether or not Trump's hair has had any help from his diet of McDonald's fries cannot be proven.
What is true is that Donald Trump's hair is often a point of discussion on the internet. During the pandemic, he was spotted sporting, as the New York Post described it, "a more natural gray hairdo." This unique moment was captured on camera as he was exiting a briefing in the Rose Garden in July.
Even more recently, it was disclosed that Trump paid $70,000 to style his hair for television appearances, which he claimed as expenses on his taxes. The news followed shortly after the New York Times revealed that the president only paid $750 in Federal taxes in 2016 and 2017.
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