It seems President Donald Trump is lobbing softballs to late night talk show hosts such as Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel, and the comics are knocking it out of the park in return.
With the 2018 Helsinki meeting between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Trump, late night talk shows had more material than they knew what to do with. The Daily Show's Noah had this to say about the summit:
This is what happens when you put a KGB agent up against a KFC agent. If your name is Vladimir Putin, then today was a very good day, because today, the president of the United States took your side in a fight between you and and the United States.
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting Trump to cuss out Putin to his face but you have to admit it's pretty wild for the president of the United States to defend Russia against the United States. It's like seeing your team's cheerleader pumping up the other side
What Russia got: - total capitulation from Trump - exoneration for past meddling - permission to meddle in future… https://t.co/DC51h9oXAn— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1531765135.0
This is what happens when you put a KGB agent up against a KFC agent. https://t.co/dcDmKzyzF0— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1531791138.0
Things didn't get much better for Trump over on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kimmel told his studio audience that Trump was meeting with his, "KGBFF." He went on to add:
Today was maybe the strangest of all 542 bizarre days of Donald Trump's reign of error. I guess that settles it. If you're wondering whether or not Vladimir Putin has an incriminating video of Donald Trump, we now know beyond a treasonable doubt that he does. We haven't seen an American so owned by a Russian since Rocky IV.
Colbert, speaking on The Late Show, echoed these sentiments:
[It's] so weird, so disturbing that it's really upset people across the partisan divide in ways I have not seen in years.
TONIGHT: Trump goes to Helsinki and meets with the President of the United States. #LSSC https://t.co/DVtdziTdVr— The Late Show (@The Late Show)1531788000.0
The Late Show also took to Twitter to post this scary song as a take off on Let's All Go To The Movies.
On #LSSC tonight: The Trump/Putin Summit was definitely a theatrical adventure. https://t.co/i8NFwWHkog— The Late Show (@The Late Show)1531791829.0
Talk show hosts weren't the only ones weighing in on the meeting. People around the world were talking about the summit.
"You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in fr… https://t.co/b4M8ARrkNN— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1531756883.0
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia William J. Burns doesn't mince his words on the Trump/Putin summit: "I think that… https://t.co/8PbUCt0tXE— Christiane Amanpour (@Christiane Amanpour)1531765194.0
With the sound off, or the sound on, it didn't matter. From body language, to post-summit statements, to the optics… https://t.co/ZaIVbK3BVd— Dan Rather (@Dan Rather)1531756399.0
QUESTION ANSWERED For the last 24 hours I have been asking WHO in the United States of America was pleased with the… https://t.co/eo2l7RYZ90— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1531842487.0
But it was the comedians who had people talking.
Late-night hosts wasted no time in demolishing Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin. https://t.co/6IGhnXMaBY— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1531836900.0
@TheDailyShow @Rocket4410 https://t.co/OBr1rP666v— Paula Resists 🌊✡️💙🇺🇸✌️ (@Paula Resists 🌊✡️💙🇺🇸✌️)1531780694.0
@TheDailyShow Also, they gave Trump breakfast. https://t.co/As3ohtdNpr— Unvarnished[⬛️⬛️⬛️]Truth™ (@Unvarnished[⬛️⬛️⬛️]Truth™)1531765351.0
We have no doubt there will be new topics in the coming days.