According to Stephen Colbert, after President Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “some people are beginning to think Trump might not be a good president.”
Reading headlines, Colbert explained that even Trump officials are embarrassed by the president.
“Now they’re embarrassed?!” the “Late Show” host exclaimed. “Look, I was with him with the Nazis and imprisoning children but siding with the Ruskies? They killed Apollo Creed.”
The New York Times reported that once Trump came on Air Force One and the responses began to filter in, “his mood turned foul.” The story said that even Trump’s staff avoided the front of the plane so as to not get pulled into a venting session.
“Uhhh, attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking,” Colbert said as an impersonation. “Uhhh, you’re going to want to fasten your seat belts because no one is flying this plane. I am not going up there.”
Colbert continued, characterizing Tuesday’s press conference in front of Republican leaders as the president’s induction into the “Lying Hall of Fame.”
First, Trump said that he met with the Queen of England, “where she reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me.”
“Then they lied to you because she hasn’t even been Queen for 70 years,” Colbert said. “And here she is doing it just a few years ago. But that’s just a warm-up lie. Trump knows you’ve got to limber up before you start yanking the big ones out of your keister.”
In his second statement, Trump said, “When I left, everyone was thrilled.”
“That is not a lie. We’d all be thrilled if you left,” Colbert said.
He then played the moment at which Trump walked back his comments from Monday, only to repeat them. Colbert noted that either the president can say it was Russia or he can say it is other people, but he can’t say both. He compared it to saying that he married Melania, or other people, because “there’s a lot of people out there.”
When Trump changed his statement from “would be” to “wouldn’t be.”
“The sentence should have been that,” Trump said.
“Yes, it should have been that. It was not that,” Colbert said. “But then again, who among us hasn’t said the exact opposite of what he just said in front of cameras on multiple occasions? I’m sorry, let me clarify. That sentence should be: Who among us has not not done that? If you could just add a new word in, what’s next?”
Colbert then figured Trump would start changing everything he said.
“After Charlottesville, I meant to say that there are bad people on both sides and also on that bus I meant to say respect her by the p*ssy,” Colbert joked. “So out of all of those terrible words in that press conference, you’re only taking back one of them?”
When Trump described his statement as “kind of a double-negative,” Colbert couldn’t help but quipping, “a double-negative like Donald Trump.”
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How Trump’s limited intellectual development has given him a ‘God complex’
Trump's lack of respect for the country's long-standing democratic norms and institutions also extends to America's alliances, security arrangements with its allies and friends, and the international order more broadly. To that end Trump has threatened to remove the U.S. from NATO, hailed the merits of nationalism (while barely pretending that does not mean white nationalism), tried to surrender U.S. security to Russian President Vladimir Putin and proclaimed on numerous occasions that America will now stand (mostly) alone in the world.
This story first ran at Salon in November of 2018.
Danish media crushes ‘questionable real estate agent’ Trump for his ‘absurd’ snub of their country
President Donald Trump has found himself getting skewered by the Danish media after he abruptly canceled a planned meeting with the Danish prime minister after she refused to sell Greenland to the United States.
Copenhagen-based newspaper Berlingske on Wednesday published several articles and editorials that took Trump to task for snubbing an important European ally because it would not entertain selling him Greenland.
The paper's lead editorial, for example, declared Trump's cancellation "absurd" and said that he was deeply harming his country's relationship with Denmark.
Amid recession warnings, Trump reportedly considering more tax cuts for rich and corporations
"Two of Trump's ideas for stimulating the economy are 1) cutting the corporate tax rate a little more (after cutting it a lot didn't do much), and 2) indexing capital gains to inflation. It's tax cuts for the rich all the way down."
While continuing to publicly downplay warning signs that the U.S. economy is barreling toward a recession, the Trump White House is reportedly weighing a number of supposed stimulus measures, including more tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.