8:07pm PT by Patrick Shanley
Late-Night Hosts Rip Trump for Congratulating Putin on Re-Election
Late-night hosts took issue with President Donald Trump calling to congratulate Russian president Vladimir Putin on his re-election.
On the Late Show, host Stephen Colbert noted, “You got to give Putin credit. He did win by the most made-up votes. I believe the final tally was 144 million to everyone else is dead.”
Showing footage from a bipartisan group of senators being asked by reporters about Trump’s congratulations of Putin, Colbert mimicked their deadpan responses and threw a “smoke bomb” to avoid answering.
Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host ruminated on the relationship between Trump and his "KGBFF," Putin. "This guy just poisoned two people. Trump is calling to congratulate him," Kimmel quipped.
On TBS, host Conan O'Brien also addressed Trump's call: "Earlier today, President Trump called Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his presidential win," O'Brien said during his monologue. "Coincidentally, Trump made the same call to Putin on November 9, 2016."
O'Brien went on to break down his joke for the audience. "I like that's not one people laugh at," he commented. "You could see everyone doing the math and going, yes, it lines up, it's not very funny, but he's doing the work."
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about his call, saying, "I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing...They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race. Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!"