Donald Trump has broken his silence on the skewering he received from President Obama and Seth Meyers at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
New York Magazine reports that Trump — who sat stone-faced throughout the crowd’s raucous laughter over attacks on his hair, credentials and accent — had little to say immediately following the event.
When asked if he had enjoyed the jokes, he replied shortly, “Not really. Some were fun, but not the greatest.”
Speaking to “Fox and Friends” the morning after the gala, however, the Republican presidential candidate hopeful fought back against the blitz that had left him at a loss for words the night before.
He admitted that he had not expected to be attacked in such an unrelenting manner.
“Well, I really understood what I was getting into — I didn’t know that I’d be virtually the sole focus,” he said, adding, “I had no idea it would be to that extent, where you know, it was just joke after joke after joke. It was almost like, is there anyone else they could talk about?”
Trump criticized the president for failing to address more serious matters during his speech.
“I was certainly in a certain way having a good time listening,” he said. “I don’t think the American people are having a good time with $5 gas … I was thinking to myself as they were doing this, you know, the American people are really suffering and we’re all” having fun.
Added Trump about Meyers’ turn, “I thought Seth Meyers —- his delivery frankly was not good. He’s a stutterer.”
Trump also responded to the media coverage of an expletive-heavy tirade against the Obama administration he unleashed in Las Vegas Thursday.
“Well, it was a speech in Las Vegas, in front of a rough group of folks, and a great group of folks, and I got standing ovation… It was really well received,” he said. “The fact is it’s a word of emphasis with that group. Probably I won’t do it anymore, to be honest with you.”