US President jokes on holding talks with Kim
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 10:37
It wasn't broadcast but the reviews were mixed.
The dinner, now in its 133rd year, traced its history to 1885, the year president Grover Cleveland refused to attend. "We finally have it running like a fine-tuned machine".
"I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he's affirmatively stated there's no truth to it", she told the reporter, with a heavy reliance on charm. "Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do".
Trump poked fun at his son-in-law who was seated to his left, commenting: "You know, we were late tonight because Jared could not get through security".
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was planning a secret meeting with representatives of the regime at last month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, including Kim Jong Un's sister. "As far as risks with talking with a mad man-that's his concern, not mine".
"It's been a very tough year for CNN".
"They've lost a tremendous amount of credibility this year".
He recalled the close race in MI, saying the media wouldn't call it for him, even though he had a good margin of victory.
He tweaked his former chief strategist Steve Bannon. "Boy, did he leak".
According to the Associated Press, Landrieu also told Trump, "No matter how many times we say it, we don't drain the swamps either".
He continued by describing the recent turnover at the White House as "exciting and invigorating". "Steve Miller or Melania?'" Trump joked.
Th dinner, which took place at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, included 660 journalists, media executives, lawmakers, administration officials and military officers.
President Donald Trump has never shied away from taking aim at his opponents, but in a lighthearted speech at Saturday's Gridiron dinner, the president delivered self-deprecating remarks on his administration and its current woes.
"I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong-un".
Trump also laid out the conditions for any such discussions. "They said that 'We would like to talk.' And I said 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke, you have to de-nuke'". You have to de-nuke.' So let's see what happens. "I hope that something's going to happen", he said. "Looking to find common ground with the president, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, observed that 'we're both a little overweight and balding - I just have had an easier time admitting it, '" the newspaper reported.
Trump wrapped the evening on an upbeat note.
The New York Times: "I'm a New York icon".
Saturday was a rare appearance for the President, who has avoided events in the past where he might mingle with the media or Washington establishment. Active membership is limited to 65 Washington-based journalists.
A dinner guest noted that the president got a good chuckle out of a skit by CBS News' John Dickerson about former president Barack Obama's luxurious post-White House life (set to the tune of "King of the Road"). "I like chaos. It really is good", Trump said.
Trump saved some of his edgier jokes for Democrats.
On House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "She's insane, but she's a fine woman".
"And I just don't understand why everyone on the internet and in the media keeps screaming, "Hashtag Free Melania, Free Melania".
Trump's day reportedly started with more jokes at a Republican fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago property.
He said Vice President Mike Pence's comedy talent was as a straight man, adding "He is very straight!"
She said she expected him to say "racist remarks about me" and added, "I'm told he wasn't amusing at all". He's going to be president? Many waited in line for more than an hour to vote, only to then be baffled by confusing ballots and the process to cast them - which for the first time required an anti-fraud check by polling authorities.