On the show’s cold open this week, Baldwin reprised his role as Trump for the first time since the former “Apprentice” host officially took over as the United States commander-in-chief.
After an aide (played by Kyle Mooney) tells the president that his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have gone away for the night since they “don’t work on Shabbat,” the president realizes he’s free to sow chaos. “When the Jews are away, the goys will play. Send in Steve Bannon,” he says.
After Baldwin’s Trump explains to his chief strategist that he is “tired and cranky and I feel like I could just freak out on somebody,” the skeletal, Grim Reaper-esque version of Bannon weighs in with some advice: “Then maybe you should call Australia.”
In a spoof of Trump’s now famously hostile phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Baldwin’s Trump melts down on Beck Bennett’s Turnbull, who thanks Trump for accepting 1,200 refugees from Down Under.
“No, no, no! No refugees. America first. Australia sucks. Your reef is failing. Prepare to go to war!” blares Trump before abruptly ending the phone call.
Trump’s foreign outreach doesn’t end there. The parodied president goes on to badger Alex Moffat’s incarnation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and even manages to make Holocaust Remembrance Day all about him in a call with Kate McKinnon’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “As you know, 6 million people ... were at my inauguration,” Trump crudely claims.
Later, Baldwin’s character calls Mexico’s president again (this time, in a prank call) and meets his match when Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (played by Kenan Thompson) gives Trump a firm dressing-down: “You think you are big, tough dictator? I will rip out your spine and drink from your skull! You can not even walk down stairs, you little white bitch!”
The sketch closes with a behind-the-scenes look at Trump and Bannon’s unusual seating arrangement.
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