Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump jokes about his impeachment, mocks media

Trump jokes about his impeachment, mocks media

US President Donald Trump and members of the press traded good-natured jokes and barbs on usually not-so-funny matters such as impeachment during the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation.

In a nod to his penchant for over-the-top praise of his accomplishments, Trump said, "My staff was concerned that I couldn't do self-deprecating humor".

On senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner losing his security clearance: "Before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late".

President Trump delivered a joke-filled address at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington Saturday night, where he was joined by "members of the opposition party" - the press - and "some Democrats", too.

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Trump also brought up talk former Vice President Joe Biden, or as he put it, Sleepy Joe might run for president in 2020.

He then went on to mock several media organisations including the failing New York Times and CNN.

"He's now president for life", Trump said of Xi, adding: "I think it's great".

Created in 1885, the Gridiron Club sponsors an annual dinner featuring skits and songs seeking to make fun of politicians from both parties, particularly the sitting president. The president, not a professional comedian, had some hits, but also drew silence with some cracks.

Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back left) watch on during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Just hours after Donald Trump tweeted "Mainstream media in [the] being mocked all over the world". Trump told the crowd that he'd offered a ride to the dinner to Sessions, "but he recused himself".

Rebuttals were scheduled from one Republican, Sen. He also received some jabs from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who represented Democrats by speaking at the event.

"So many people have been leaving the White House", Trump said at one point, joking about this week's spate of White House departures.

"Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his awful impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony", the president wrote, twenty minutes after deleting a similar tweet riddled with typos. More out of place than Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin.

Trump returned to Washington on Saturday afternoon after a short trip to his estate in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., where he hosted a fundraiser earlier in the day. Given that recent polls show Trump with a 35% approval rating, I bet a good chunk of America would applaud that move.

Turning to the media, Mr. Trump said CNN "lost a tremendous amount of credibility this year, but they also lost one of their true stars, the guy who got you the most scoops ... your really very best reporter. And I say - and I get in trouble for this - 'She has to immediately take an IQ test, ' and people go insane".

As he began his remarks, Trump told reporters: "We really looked forward to this - well, maybe not".

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