6:27pm PT by Patrick Shanley, Katherine Schaffstall
Late-Night Sounds Off on Trump's Historic Meeting With Kim Jong-un
Late-night dug into President Donald Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that occurred on Monday in Singapore.
On Tuesday night, hosts across the dial offered their thoughts on the meeting of the world leaders.
"There is the small detail that Trump is entering into a deal with a homicidal boy-king, but Trump is just working with what he’s got,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert noted in his monologue, before tossing to a clip of Trump saying “I’m given what I’m given,” to which Colbert said, “He’s given what he’s given, OK? Kim kills his own people, but it’s not like he kneeled during the National Anthem.”
Colbert also inserted himself into George Stephanopoulos' interview with Trump, replacing the ABC interviewer's questions with his own while keeping Trump’s answers.
When Colbert asked Trump what it was like to meet Kim, he said, “I met him. I’ve spoken with him and I’ve met him.”
“But have you spoken to him?” asked Colbert. “I’ve spoken with him,” replied Trump. “Well, it sounds like you two met,” said Colbert.
Colbert then asked what Trump’s takeaway was from the meeting, “His country does love him. His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor.”
“Yes, they cheer for him as if their life depends on it,” responded Colbert.
“Moving on. With this summit Kim Jong-un got respect on the world stage, an end to military exercises between the United States and South Korea, no timeline to give up nuclear weapons or stop human rights abuses. Did you get anything in return?” asked Colbert. The Late Show then made it look like Trump trolled up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo that reads “Trump & Kim Forever” with a heart.
Colbert asked, “What if this deal emboldens Kim Jong-un and he starts a nuclear war.”
“Then I’ll say, ‘Gee, I made a mistake,’” said Trump. ”That’s always possible.”
“Ultimately, sir, if this meeting with Kim blows up in your face and it turns out you’ve been played by an evil dictator in order to give him credibility on the world stage, who’s fault is that?” asked Colbert.
“The Prime Minister of Canada,” responded Trump.
Over on The Tonight Show, a spoof of ABC's popular dating show The Bachelor (entitled The Summit) showed footage from Trump and Kim's meeting as a "one-on-one date" between a "dictator" and "social-media influencer and steak enthusiast."
During his "Closer Look" segment on Late Night, host Seth Meyers noted comments Trump made about preparing for the meeting. "Oh, so Trump prepared for this sumit the same way he prepared for the debates? What was that meeting like, just three hours of Trump stalking Kim Jong-un around a room?" Meyers said.
The NBC host also took issue with the two leaders' choice of attire for the event. "They look like they shop at a store called Business Pajamas," Meyers said.
Of course, Meyers also noted former NBA star Dennis Rodman's appearance at the meeting. "The news these days really feels like a Mad Lib from 1999," Meyers quips.
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah compared Trump to a “condominium huckster” and mockingly imitated the president’s comments at a press conference.
TBS' Conan O'Brien noted, "President Trump said Kim Jong-un is "absolutely" invited to the White House. Unless, of course, Kim Jong-un wins the Super Bowl or the NBA Championship."
The Opposition host Jordan Klepper also addressed the meeting.
“Now of course the liberals want you to think that Trump is in over his head, but the President is not out of his depth,” said Klepper. “He’s splashing around in the deep end of the pool with the confidence of the drunk cousin who just yelled, ‘F-k it! How hard could swimming be?’”
Klepper also shared a compilation of clips following the meeting, in which Trump described the interaction as “great” multiple times. “You know something went great when you can’t stop insisting how great it went,” he said. “When I lost my virginity, I spent four days talking about it. Incidentally, that also ended with a declaration of friendship.”
Jimmy Kimmel joked: “A lot of pundits think it was a mistake to meet with an unstable dictator, but Kim Jong-un said, ‘You know what? I’m gonna do it anyway.’"
Kimmel went on to compare the meeting between Trump and Jong-un to “when Scooby Doo met the Harlem Globetrotters.” He added, “Even Kim Jong-un said it seemed like something from science fiction.”
The host also explained that Trump said he got Kim to agree to destroy a major missile testing site, though they ran out of time to sign an agreement. “Usually when Trump signs an agreement with a foreigner it’s a prenup and those are all in writing,” said Kimmel.
“Trump wanted to make it look like he did something big. Whether he did something big or not, he was not leaving the summit without pretending he made a deal. So he sets the meeting, he has the sit-down, he hears what he wants to hear: blah blah blah,” he said. “As soon as the meeting’s over, he runs, calls a press conference, declares victory, everyone goes home, Kim Jong-un does nothing differently at all.”
Kimmel concluded the topic by saying, “In fact the only thing we know they signed was a declaration of friendship. For real.” Jimmy Kimmel Live cohort Guillermo then came out to make a similar declaration with the host.
James Corden also took time to address the meeting on The Late Late Show. “They did seem to hit it off,” he said of Trump and Kim. “In fact, Trump liked Kim so much he said he’s gonna let him decide the next presidential election.”
The host also addressed Trump’s failure to get Kim’s commitment to destroy the missile testing site in writing because they ran out of time. “Didn’t have time? It’s a nuclear deal. It’s not a trip to Disney World where you didn’t have time for EPCOT,” he said.