President Donald Trump spoke at a private dinner at the Gridiron Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday, and his light-hearted speech poked fun at his inner circle and the establishment media.
According to the Associated Press, Landrieu also told Trump, "No matter how many times we say it, we don't drain the swamps either". It's invigorating since you want turnover. "[Trump adviser] Steve Miller or Melania?" The security clearance of Kushner was recently downgraded.
Having presidents attempt to do stand-up a couple times a year has always struck me as rather odd.
"After all, you the New York Times are an icon". This, of course, was a parody of the Supremes' "You Can' Hurry Love" that poked fun at Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "I say, we keep continuing these Old Man Principles that aren't working". Orrin Hatch - the Utah Republican whose over-the-top praise of Trump after the GOP passed its tax cut bill garnered him some notice - even agreed that he is the best at self-deprecating humor.
Addressing Vice President Mike Pence's supposed hostility toward the LGBT community, he said, "He is one of the best straight men you're ever going to meet".
Some context here: The first part of Trump's quip was based on a week at the White House that was chaotic beyond the usual chaos.
President Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner, reports the AP, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media Saturday night.
And speaking on 2020, Trump said that if Joe Biden (who he labelled "Sleepy Joe") were to run, Trump would "kick his ass like no other".
"I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person", Trump said. Indicates Broader Inquiry: Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick and Maggie Haberman write of the New York Times write: George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of worldwide diplomacy for three decades.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced Sunday he will send a special delegation to North Korea on Monday to discuss inter-Korean relations and possibility of dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
Trump didn't avoid the subject of his recent staff changes during the lighthearted speech - and even speculated who could be next. He said former aide Steve Bannon talked too much to reporters, and "leaked more than the Titanic".
On House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "She's insane, but she's a fine woman".
He joked that Vice President Mike Pence "starts out each morning asking everyone, 'Has he been impeached yet?' Mike, you can't be impeached when there's no crime, please remember that". He also said North Korea had "called up" and asked to begin talks but that he responded with "you have to denuke" first.
And all the while - before, between and after the two politicians' sets - the journalists of the Gridiron Club carried out another tradition, dressing up and performing musical skits swiping broadly at politicians and themselves. "I am accomplishing a lot in Washington and have never had a better time doing something, and especially since this is for the American People!"