Alec Baldwin's Trump Absent on 'SNL,' Shirtless Putin Takes Up Slack

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Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin on 'Saturday Night Live'

Beck Bennett stripped down to address the American people as the Russian president.

Maybe Alec Baldwin was busy. Maybe Saturday Night Live figured viewers had seen plenty of President Donald Trump for real this inauguration weekend.

In any case, Baldwin's piercing Trump impersonation was absent for Saturday's edition, making way for castmember Beck Bennett's shirtless portrayal of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

In the NBC show's cold opening, mock-Putin addressed the audience as if to assure them that Trump's ascent is his, too.

"Yesterday, we all made Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States, and today many of you are scared and marching in the streets," he said, then added, "Relax. I got this."

"Do I think your president is perfect?" the make-believe Putin went on. "Perhaps not. But don't worry. I'll get him there. ... Remember," he said consolingly, "we're in this together."

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