During the cold open of this week’s edition of “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin returned as U.S. President Donald Trump in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.
Trump said to Holt, “Thank you for having me here, Jazzman.”
Baldwin as Trump was prompted by Holt about the firing of former FBI director James Comey, to which Trump responded, “I fired him because of Russia. I thought, ‘He’s investigating Russia. I don’t like that. I should fire him.’”
Holt, taken aback, asked, “You’re just admitting that?”
“Yeah,” Trump said.
Holt stated, “But that’s obstruction of justice,” and then spoke into his ear piece, saying, “Did I get him? Is this all over? What’s that? Nothing matters? Absolutely nothing matters anymore?”
Holt then said that Comey’s firing has led to some comparing Trump to former President Richard Nixon, but “You’re very different from Nixon. He won the popular vote.”
However, Trump’s main concern was why Holt chose to abstain from discussing all of the good things he’s done this week, saying, “I let Kellyanne out of her crypt and I invented a new phrase, ‘priming the pump.’”
The NBC anchor then called Trump out, saying that the phrase is actually a popular economic term.
Trump responded, “No it’s not. It’s when I tug on myself for about half an hour before Melania comes in — so she can find it easier, okay?”
Holt then said, “You have just earned yourself an Anderson Cooper eye roll,” and asked if the president has been taping people without their knowledge.
“I tape whoever I want whenever I want. People have called me a ‘serial tapist’ and it’s true I am. When you’re president, they let you do it,” Trump said.
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