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- "Saturday Night Live" took aim at President Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which ran for more than two hours and had no apparent central focus.
- Trump told the audience he was going "off script" for the speech, the "crazier" moments of which were highlighted in the "Weekend Update" segment.
- Host Colin Jost pointed to the testimony Trump’s former personal lawyer delivered to Congress last week that accused Trump of various federal and financial crimes, saying Trump was "handling [it]…really well."
President Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) ran for more than two hours and touched on a wide variety of his often-touted topics, from his victory in 2016 to his distrust of Democratic lawmakers.
That evening, "Saturday Night Live’s" "Weekend Update" host Colin Jost showed clips of the "crazier" moments of the speech, beginning with Trump hugging a nearby American flag as he took the stage, of which Jost asked, "What the hell was that?"
"After that patriotic #MeToo moment, it somehow got crazier from there," Jost said.
The segment included clips of Trump pretending to ask if the wind is blowing (mocking renewable energy), mimicking former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Alabama accent, and a re-enactment of his joking plea to Russia for former Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton’s emails, which initially raised concerns after he delivered it at a 2016 rally.
"I’m going to regret this speech," Trump says in a clip included in the segment.
"If you’re curious, Trump’s handling the Cohen testimony really well," Jost said, referencing Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer who accused the president of various federal and financial crimes in congressional testimony days earlier.
The speech came after a week of other challenges for the president, including a passed resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency declaration and a failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump made brief mention of the importance of denuclearization with North Korea, but did not address the national emergency he declared to secure funding for a border wall or Cohen in Saturday’s speech, choosing instead to revel among his supporters.
The speech marks one of the longest of Trump’s presidency, and seemed to fire up the conservative crowd, who at times descended into chants of "USA" and "Build that wall."
After touting his success in 2016 as something that has "never happened before," Trump told his supporters he was expecting an "even bigger victory" in the 2020 Election.
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