8:40pm PT by Patrick Shanley
Alec Baldwin's Trump Decks Christmas "Loser Tree" With Former White House Staffers on 'SNL'
Alec Baldwin once again reprised his impersonation of President Donald Trump during Saturday Night Live's cold open over the weekend.
In a special Christmas message from the White House, the Trump character declared the “war on Christmas is over and will soon be replaced with the war on North Korea.”
“I’ve had an amazing first year in office, maybe the best in the history of America or the world,” he said.
Joined by wife Melania (Cecily Strong), Baldwin’s Trump thanked everyone who worked for him and all the “haters and losers” who tried to “destroy” him, by putting them on the “loser tree.”
First on the tree was former FBI head James Comey, whose face adorned an ornament given to Trump by Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway.
Also added to the tree were Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Flynn.
Making a surprise cameo, Scarlett Johansson appeared to reprise her Ivanka Trump impersonation to present Baldwin with a Roy Moore ornament for the tree. “I tried to make a Steve Bannon ornament, but his face wouldn’t fit, so I brought you a Mad Ball, instead,” she said, producing a monster-faced toy ball.
The Trump boys (played by Alex Moffat and Mikey Day) then emerged to produce a bevy of other former White House employees and introduce “Elf on a Shelf” Jeff Sessions (McKinnon, again), a tiny, red spandex-adorned sprite on the mantel over the fireplace. “I came to ask for a favor: Can I put the angel on the tree?” Sessions asked. The angel had special counsel Robert Mueller’s face on it.
The segment closed with Omarosa Manigault (played by Leslie Jones) playing the Apprentice theme on a boombox through the window.