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Late-night hosts took time during their Wednesday night opening monologues to address the NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” this past summer and Vice President Mike Pence had to convince him not to resign.
Following a series of tweets from the president debunking the report, a press conference was held in which Tillerson denied that he considered leaving his position. Taking jabs at the controversy, late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers spoke out about the allegations.
Colbert was quick to quip about the alleged term Tillerson reportedly used. “Nobody calls our president a moron, except me,” Colbert said.
Commenting on how the controversy arrives in the midst of the Las Vegas shooting, Colbert ridiculed Trump for tweeting continuously about the “fake news” story. “In times of trouble, Donald Trump is always there for himself,” Colbert joked.
Further elaborating, the late-night host began to imitate Trump and provide reasoning as to why he pays attention to rumors. “Thoughts and prayers to the black hole in my heart that will never be filled and is the shape of my daddy,” Colbert mocked as he explained that he was elaborating on “the theory being that his father did not love him when he was younger and we’re paying the price.”
After watching Tillerson deny reports that he considered leaving the post, Colbert rebutted, “Considered leaving this post? No. Dreamt about it? Yes. Fantasized about it while pleasuring myself in an overstuffed chair? No comment.”
With Tillerson avoiding answering whether he used a particular word against the president, Colbert seemed assured the secretary of state used more explicit terminology. “He called him a fucking moron. I never thought I’d say this but, secretary of states are just like us.”
Meyers, meanwhile, quipped about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stating that Trump still has “confidence” in Tillerson despite reports.
“There you go, Rex. Trump has full confidence in you, and you’re in good company,” Meyers joked as he showed clips of Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway saying that Trump has full confidence in former FBI Director James Comey and Michael Flynn, both of whom later left their posts.
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