Trump Mocks Kushner At Gridiron Dinner: 'Jared Could Not Get Through Security'

Donald Trump Trades Roast-Worthy Jabs With Press At Annual Gridiron Dinner

Trump found himself on the other end of ribbing, too - skits by Gridiron members included Fox News host Bret Baier making cracks at the Russia probe, singing to the tune of "You Can't Hurry Love" with lyrics that included "But how many Russians did the campaign meet?/Don Trump Tower, about "adoption" - sure".

On Sunday, Trump reviewed his performance and was pleased with how he handled himself.

The Gridiron Dinner's reputation as a night of bipartisan mirth was evidenced by those who accepted invitations, including last year's headliner, Vice-President Pence.

Having presidents attempt to do stand-up a couple times a year has always struck me as rather odd.

Trump's comedy turn comes after a week when his administration has been universally derided as "chaotic". "Looking to find common ground with the president, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, observed that 'we're both a little overweight and balding - I just have had an easier time admitting it, '" the newspaper reported. "That guy leaked more than the Titanic". You're a NY icon.

According to Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Trump "humiliated" his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, who accompanied him to the event.

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". Trump took the stage on the same night Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to do a Trump impersonation the president considers bad.

Last year, Trump turned down invitations to the Gridiron and the other high-profile press event, the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. I like turnover. I like chaos.

He added, "Now the question everyone keeps asking is, 'Who's going to be the next to leave?" Of the turmoil now roiling the White House staff, he offered this quip: "So many people have been leaving the White House", he said. "Steve Miller or Melania?'" Trump joked.

On former Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be considering a run for president in 2020: "There's talk about Joe Biden, Sleepy Joe, getting into the race".

President Donald Trump on Saturday night traded humorous jabs with a cabal of lawmakers, administration officials, media figures and military officers at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington.

"I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won't". He said spending the evening with them was the best time he'd had since watching their faces on election night.

Landrieu also took aim at Trump's Cabinet - and, in the tradition of these kinds of everyone-is-fair-game speeches, a fellow Democrat. Maybe positive things are happening, I hope that's true ... Active membership is limited to 65 Washington-based journalists.

Business dealings linked to Kushner and his family continue to draw scrutiny from investigative reporters, to the point where Trump joked about his son-in-law at the Gridiron: "You know, we were late tonight because Jared could not get through security". But all of the presidents going back to at least Ronald Reagan have been pretty damned good at it. Aides described Hicks as a calming influence on the often volatile Trump, a quality that will be missed after her departure.


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