Seth Meyers on Tuesday made fun of the Trump administration for avoiding reporters as news emerged about President Trump’s recent conversations with Russian diplomats.
“A senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast that when the news broke, communications staff and senior staffers at the White House were literally hiding in offices. Hey, that might sound bad, but at least Sean Spicer was hiding in an office and not the bushes, like he did last week.” — SETH MEYERS
Mr. Meyers had a similar joke for similar news: The national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, has been just as reluctant to talk to journalists.
“Reporters last night said that after the news broke, they saw McMaster in the White House, and as he walked by the gathered reporters, McMaster said, ‘This is the last place in the world I want to be.’ Wow! At least Sean Spicer only says that with his eyes.” — SETH MEYERS
Fallon Doesn’t Expect Much
On “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon said he wasn’t holding his breath for an impartial investigation into Mr. Trump’s relationship with the Russian government.
“The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office last week. And there’s talk that Congress might investigate him for it. Trump says he has nothing to hide — and that he’ll fire whoever’s investigating him anyway, so it doesn’t matter.” — JIMMY FALLON“Even his fellow Republicans were not happy with the news. They said, ‘We’re gonna give this guy 500 more chances, but that’s it. Then we’re gonna give him a stern talking to.’” — JIMMY FALLON
(Also, check out our big profile of Mr. Fallon. He explains what he was thinking when he mussed Donald Trump’s hair, and talks about the challenges of just wanting to have fun in an era of partisan late night.)
Is That Hummus Bowl Leaking?
Stephen Colbert pointed out that Mr. Trump would soon be visiting Israel, the country that sources have said provided the information he revealed to the Russians.
“Israel was the source of the intelligence Trump gave to the Russians. And oops-shalom: Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next week. That is really going to be one awkward state dinner. ‘Mr. President, can you please pass the hummus? Or would you prefer to pass it directly to Russia?’” — STEPHEN COLBERT
The Punchiest Punchlines (Whiplash Edition)
“I hope the Republicans’ new health care system is good, because I’m getting whiplash from all these scandals.” — TREVOR NOAH“It doesn’t shock me that Donald Trump went off script. This is a man who reads off the teleprompter like it’s an eye chart: ‘God bless, the United, States, of — sorry, I can’t read that last one, is it Antarctica?’” — SETH MEYERS, discussing Mr. Trump’s decision to share sensitive information with Russian officials
The Bits Worth Watching
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