Rishi Sunak reveals his favorite McDonald’s food…that no longer exists |  Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak reveals his favorite McDonald’s food…that no longer exists | Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak’s habit of slightly awkward interactions with the everyday world has continued after he spoke of enjoying McDonald’s breakfast wraps – an item that disappeared from the fast food chain’s UK menu almost two and a half years ago.

The former chancellor was speaking to ITV’s This Morning program a day after he was photographed at a branch of McDonald’s, where he again appeared to struggle slightly to make a contactless card payment.

When asked by hosts Rochelle Hughes and Andi Peters what he had eaten, Sunak explained that it had been around 7:30 a.m., so he ate a bacon roll with ketchup and pancakes.

“If I’m with my daughters, we’ll get the wraps,” the Conservative leadership hopeful continued. “My oldest daughter – if I’m with her, it’s wrap with hash browns and everything in it. That’s what we do.”

However, a McDonald’s spokesperson confirmed that the chain had stopped selling breakfast wraps in March 2020, a move made permanent with an announcement in January this year.

A source from Sunak’s campaign said he had eaten wraps with his children when they were on the menu: “I think, given that he’s hardly seen his children in the last two and a half years, it’s likely that he hasn’t been to McDonald’s at the time.”

During his time as a minister, and particularly amid the battle to succeed Boris Johnson, Sunak and his team have sought to present the wealthy former banker as someone who is nonetheless in touch with voters’ concerns.

A photo shoot for the budget in March, when he was still chancellor, showed Sunak at a gas station filling up a car that later turned out to be borrowed. He was then pictured attempting to pay by holding his bank card up to a barcode scanner, rather than the payment machine.

On This Morning on Thursday, Sunak received a semi-mocking round of applause from the studio after the hosts said his McDonald’s photo shoot showed him successfully paying by card. “I’ve managed to figure it out,” he joked.

However, some observers have raised questions about the photo of Sunak holding a card against the contactless payment point of a McDonald’s self-order kiosk, posted on Instagram with the self-mocking caption “Nailed it”.

They pointed out that the screen showed a message saying “Thank you for your order”, which only appears a few seconds after the payment is processed, indicating a trick.

Elsewhere in the This Morning interview, Sunak said Mr Johnson’s latest bid to hang on to power despite dozens of ministerial resignations had been “a bit strange”.

Asked if Johnson had taken too long to withdraw, he said: “In the end it went on for a couple of days – it was a bit weird.”

Sunak confirmed that his attempts to contact Johnson after he resigned as chancellor had been rejected.

Asked if the prime minister now spoke to him, Sunak said: “No, no. I have contacted him but understandably he has not responded.”

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