Indian-American comedian mocks Trump at WHCD show

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

While the annual gathering of journalists took place, Trump was "over 100 miles away" at rally in Pennsylvania to where he addressed the crowd saying, "There is no other place I would rather be".

Meanwhile in Washington D.C., comedian Hasan Minhaj - who was hosting the event - roasted Trump in a scorching 25-minute speech.

"That's not Donald Trump's style", NBC News' Andrea Mitchell told MSNBC, referring to the self-deprecating jokes presidents in the past have made despite tensions with the press. Ronald Reagan didn't attend in 1981 because he was recovering from injuries sustained in an assassination attempt. "They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents' dinner - without the President". In one of the segments, comedian and actor Will Ferrel turned up as George Bush, commenting on Trump with one hilarious line: "How do you like me now?"

But despite Trump's claim to be keeping his promises, he has failed to start construction on the wall he plans along the US-Mexico border - or to get Mexico to pay for it.

"Even if you guys groan, I've already hired Kellyanne Conway".

The White House Correspondents Dinner typically sees the White House press corps, celebrities, and administration staffers mingling in an evening of humor directed at the sitting President. With nothing off limits, Minhaj roasted Trump, the media and Steve Bannon. How many people do you know who can turn a press briefing into a full-on Mel Gibson traffic stop.

Trump also vowed that he would make "a big decision" on the historic Paris climate agreement in the next two weeks. Thrush quipped. "I was there in 2011 when then-President Obama gave him [Trump] a really interesting time and I don't think he really wanted that. Donald Trump. Because it's 10 A.M.in Russian Federation; those are business hours". "Next year we'll make it more exciting for them and show up, but we have a good chance of showing up here next year too", he said. Mr Trump loves few things more than glamourous dinners with influential people; he may have skipped it because he was made fun of when he attended and knows that most of the dinner's guests abhor his politics.

Woodward offered a critical reflection on the state of the mainstream media in 2017, but also emphasized its key role in American democracy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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