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‘Exhausting, impossible and often stingy’: DC waitress dishes the dirt on Trump officials

Moe Tkacik described in Slate her experiences as a Washington DC server

Donald Trump’s cabinet and associates have been described as ‘exhausting, impossible and often stingy’ by a waitress at a high-end Washington DC restaurant who served many of them.

Moe Tkacik, a self-described Bernie Sanders supporter, told how Stephen Miller, Trump’s chief speechwriter, expected exhausting detail about his caviar, while multi-millionaire Trump insiders, such as commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, were mean with their gratuities.

The wife of the treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, Louise Linton, ‘had so many dietary restrictions the whole meal was just awkward,’ Tkacik wrote in Slate.

Education secretary Betsy DeVos, meanwhile, ‘was a paragon of superficial graciousness, even if she didn’t tip quite enough to compensate for two or three tables that would ask to move if she was seated near them.’

Tkacik did not name the restaurant she worked for, but on her Twitter profile she says she worked at Fiola Mare, an Italian seafood restaurant in the Georgetown district of DC.

Louise Linton is pictured with her husband, Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, in 2017

Louise Linton is pictured with her husband, Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, in 2017

Linton, Tkacik says, 'had so many dietary restrictions the whole meal was just awkward'

Linton, Tkacik says, ‘had so many dietary restrictions the whole meal was just awkward’

Regular guest Wilbur Ross was 'perennially scowling' and never tipped more than 14 per cent

Regular guest Wilbur Ross was ‘perennially scowling’ and never tipped more than 14 per cent

Fiola Mare, in the Georgetown district of Washington DC, is popular with politicians

Fiola Mare, in the Georgetown district of Washington DC, is popular with politicians

Chef Fabio Trabocchi owns a series of restaurants, including Fiola Mare and Fiola da Tabocchi

Chef Fabio Trabocchi owns a series of restaurants, including Fiola Mare and Fiola da Tabocchi

Fiola Mare, owned by James Beard Award-winning Chef Fabio Trabocchi, is a frequent haunt of politicians and power lunchers: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump dined there with Ted Cruz and his wife, while the Obamas were regulars.

Barack Obama celebrated his birthday there in 2016.

‘The Obamas would stroll in like a gorgeous, happy ex, to celebrate a birthday or throw a party for Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, and you could feel the whole restaurant swoon,’ Tkacik wrote.

She said the restaurant team expected the Trump staffers to be less frequent visitors than the Obama employees.

Of the Obamas, she writes: ‘Their staffers and allies had lived inside city limits and loved ordering things like sea urchin and microbatch bourbon.

‘They tipped as reliably as normal Democrats but on substantially more hedonistic check averages.’

Maria Trabocchi, center, visits with diners at her and her husbands' restaurant at Fiola Mare

Maria Trabocchi, center, visits with diners at her and her husbands’ restaurant at Fiola Mare

The restaurant is on the edge of the Potomac river in Washington DC

The restaurant is on the edge of the Potomac river in Washington DC

After the 2016 election, they knew things would change.

‘Business plunged as the last Obama veterans decamped for Big Tech gigs, the experience was painful for all,’ she wrote.

Tkacik described 'the peculiar misery of waiting tables in D.C. during the Trump era'

Tkacik described ‘the peculiar misery of waiting tables in D.C. during the Trump era’

‘Baseball caps violated our dress code, so for those more decorated Trumpets, most meals began with an unwanted amuse-bouche of flambéed persecution complex.

‘Knowing they would otherwise tip badly, I’d fall all over myself to send them little comps – and they would still, more often than not, tip less than 18 or even 15 percent.’

Meanwhile, she described Ross as ‘the perma-scowling almost-billionaire’ who became a regular, ‘despite what always seemed to be a vibe of great displeasure enveloping his presence when I approached his table.’

She said: ‘He ordered the cheapest wine on the by-the-glass list and didn’t tip more than 14 percent, no matter how often you topped him off without charging.’

Cohn ‘was a bigger spender who still couldn’t bring himself to tip more than 18 percent,’ she said.

Stephen Miller, Trump's senior advisor, was obsessed with detail of the caviar provenance

Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior advisor, was obsessed with detail of the caviar provenance

Fiola Mare is known for its seafood, in particular the seafood tower

Fiola Mare is known for its seafood, in particular the seafood tower

Chef Fabio Trabocchi talks with staff before the evening dinner begins in May

Chef Fabio Trabocchi talks with staff before the evening dinner begins in May

Anthony Scaramucci, Don Lemon and Michael Avenatti at Fiola Mare in April 2018

Anthony Scaramucci, Don Lemon and Michael Avenatti at Fiola Mare in April 2018

Miller came to dine with his brother, and ‘interrogated’ Tkacik about the caviar.

‘He wanted to know exactly which bodies of water had produced the caviar and how precisely it had been extracted from its mother,’ she said.

‘As a waitress, it was hard to hate anyone who ordered 3 ounces of caviar at brunch.’ 

Trump’s former campaign manager, Washington lobbyist Paul Manafort, used a fake name to book a table for ‘an inexplicably awkward “celebration” dinner and tipped 25 percent.’

Tkacik noted: ‘A creature of Washington who spent decades trickling the spoils of global kleptocracy down to the fine-dining servant class, Manafort obviously knew how to act.’

Not all of the Republicans were known to be difficult.

Cruz, she said, was ‘impeccable’ and his ‘gracious wife’ Heidi described as being: ‘amenable to Sancerre at any price point, takes literally 15 seconds to order, reliable tipper, doesn’t make you “work for it.”’

Tkacik said: ‘That’s how you knew he wasn’t a real Trumpist.’

She said she stopped working nights in 2019.

It was unclear whether she still worked there.

Fiola Mare has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

‘The Trump years were lean ones for fancy restaurants in D.C. not located inside the Trump Hotel,’ she concluded.

‘But now that they’re gone, good God it must be said: They really were the scum of the earth, and while some of them, I’m sure, are good people, I’ll be plenty happy with merely a $1,400 check if I never have to see another one of them in my section again.’

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