Trump Mocks Kushner At Gridiron Dinner: 'Jared Could Not Get Through Security'

Howard TerryMar 05, 2018

The day after declaring that USA media was being "mocked all over the world", he said he Gridiron Dinner "was great fun".

The Gridiron Dinner's reputation as a night of bipartisan mirth was evidenced by those who accepted invitations, including last year's headliner, Vice President Pence.

I am a member of the club.

There's Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump slammed on Twitter (again) this week and reportedly has now nicknamed, "Mr. Magoo," after a nearsighted cartoon character.

Also at the head table: daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House advisers. "You know, we're late tonight because Jared could not get through the security".

But much of Trump's comedy routine was going after people who are down on their luck.

Last year, Trump turned down invitations to the Gridiron and the other high-profile press event, the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. It's actually been really exciting and invigorating. I like turnover. It really is good. Who's going to be the next to leave ― [aide] Steve Miller or Melania?

Referring to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, who was forced out a year ago and has threatened to write a tell-all book about her experience, Mr. Trump said, "Somehow, we're still doing great even without Omarosa". They said, 'Can you do this?' And I told them not to worry.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, representing the Democrats, joked that he could lead a New Orleans parade as "King Chaos".

"The White House is actually a warm, loving, and wonderful place", he said. Everything was on the record. By Gridiron tradition, comments came from one Republican, Sen.

At the closed-door event, where filming was prohibited, Trump also discussed more somber issues like North Korea, saying he was open to direct talks with its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Political humor is often self-deprecating, and Trump tried his hand in this unfamiliar territory.

"My staff was concerned that I couldn't do self-deprecating humour", Trump said. They were anxious about it. "I really am proud to call him, The Apprentice". He departed early because he had a TV interview.

-On the first lady: Trump said he doesn't understand why everyone says #freemelania.

Speaking of weirdness, it's not often the common viewer gets a good look at [name redacted, to protect professional dignity] in a silver sequined tuxedo; [yup, these are redacted too] giving Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance an honest, if imperfect try; and [you'd better believe this one's redacted] dancing in a peacock suit to the belted tones of a Carly Simon satire. Trump took jabs at his own administration and many of his rivals, and at one point joked that Rep. Waters should "immediately take an IQ test". He was mean, not amusing. I stuck up for her for years and now I say, "They were all right".

Trump took a sharper edge with Democrats like Nancy Pelosi ("man, she's crazy"), Elizabeth Warren ("Pocahontas") and Joe Biden ("Sleepy Joe").

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