Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Press Pokes Fun at Trump, Russia Investigation at Gridiron Dinner

President Donald Trump headed back to Washington D.C. to attend the Gridiron dinner on Saturday night President Donald Trump headed back to Washington D.C. to attend the Gridiron dinner on Saturday night
| 05 March, 2018, 01:45

"Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do".

"We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security", Trump said.

The president also referred to the continual friction between himself and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who angered Mr. Trump at the start of his presidency by recusing himself from any Russian Federation investigations. He didn't spare Stephen Bannon, the former White House strategist ("that guy leaked more than the Titanic") and even mocked his own relentless cable TV-viewing habit.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, appearing on NBC's Meet The Press, pushed back on reports that Trump is often angry at how things are going.

Trump took a sharper edge with Democrats like Nancy Pelosi ("man, she's crazy"), Elizabeth Warren ("Pocahontas") and Joe Biden ("Sleepy Joe").

Trump made several references to the resignations of numerous staff during the first year of his presidency. In fact, based on what was reported about the event (cameras were not permitted), I wish Trump would give up his "day job" and pursue comedy full time.

Trump spoke 32 minutes, longer than normal.At one point, a woman heckled Trump to "stop", and had to be shushed by tablemates. The annual dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, now in its 133rd year, traced its history to 1885.

"The Gridiron Dinner last night was great fun". The president, not a professional comedian, had some hits, but also drew silence with some cracks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his problem, not mine".


Trump warmed up his for his debut at the annual Washington ritual by tweeting out an attack on the media.

While still in Florida, Trump stayed true to form, saying said on Twitter that the "Mainstream Media in U.S.is being mocked all over the world".

Last year, Trump turned down invitations to the Gridiron and the other high-profile press event, the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. By Gridiron tradition, rebuttals came from one Republican, Sen.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, representing the Democrats, joked that he could lead a New Orleans parade as "King Chaos".

In the end, Trump called reporters into a meeting with industry executives to say he would place 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports.

Of the turmoil now roiling the White House staff, he offered this quip: "So many people have been leaving the White House", he said.

"Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his bad impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony", the president wrote, twenty minutes after deleting a similar tweet riddled with typos.

On the #FreeMelania hashtag about first lady Melania Trump: "I just don't understand why everyone on the internet and in the media keeps screaming, 'Hashtag Free Melania.' Free Melania".

One primary target: The investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into any links between Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and Russians who sought to influence that election through email hacks and fake news.

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