Stephen Colbert opened his Tuesday night show by mocking the numerous staff changes and firings at the White House in recent weeks:
For Donald Trump, it’s been a rough couple of—his entire presidency. That chaos coming out of the White House is just coming at you so fast, it’s hard to keep track of it.
He then turned his attention to father-and-son team, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr., for their continually changing story about junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump “personally dictated” his son’s initial deceptive statement about the meeting, which happened in June 2016.
“Yeah, he dictated it. It’s official: Donald Trump is a dictator,” Colbert said on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show.
“Technically,” he quickly added.
Colbert described Trump dictating the statement as being “so weak”:
Can you imagine? Don Jr. gets in trouble. He literally got his daddy to write a note for him: “Please excuse Don Jr. from prison. He’s a good 39-year-old kid.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to explain it away on Tuesday:
The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had. He certainly didn’t dictate, but you know, he, like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion, like any father would do.
Yes, like any father would do! It’s one of those father-and-son things, it’s tradition, like playing catch, going fishing, or preventing your son from implicating you in treason!