With President Donald Trump attending the G20 summit in Argentina while fresh revelations continue to spill out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government, the cold open of this week’s “Saturday Night Live” brought the long-awaited return of the president as played by Alec Baldwin.
As usual, there were plenty of shots to go around, including a takedown of First Lady Melania Trump’s blood-red Christmas trees as White House holiday decorations.
“I keep having this nightmare where I’m walking through a forest of blood,” quipped Baldwin’s Trump.
Not only is this only Baldwin’s second “SNL” appearance this season, it’s also his first since he was arrested for allegedly punching a man in the jaw during an apparent argument over a Manhattan parking space, and he addressed his arrest with a quick zinger.
“God, I haven’t been this upset since I flipped out over that parking space,” he declared.
Fearful over what buried Trump Organization secrets Mueller and his team have dug up, Trump was then joined by lawyer Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), and he asked how his defence was going. “Well, I’m involved, so it’s not great,” said McKinnon’s Giuliani. “This might be the first time someone’s lawyer pleads insanity.”
Also joining Baldwin were Cecily Strong as Melania Trump, a shirtless Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and former cast member Fred Armisen as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Also appearing in the sketch: surprise guest star Ben Stiller, returning to reprise his impression of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
“I’m sad you’re going to prison, Michael. You were like a son to me,” laments Trump.
“Then why’d you make me do so much illegal stuff?” asks Cohen.
“Because you were like a son to me,” explains Trump.
The sketch concluded with Baldwin and the rest of the actors singing the “Evita” number “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, with some specially altered lyrics: “Don’t cry for us Argentina / The truth is I barely know him / All through our wild days / My mad existence / It’s just a witch hunt / And we’re all witches.”
“Saturday Night Live” returns with a new episode on Saturday, Dec. 8, airing at 8:30 p.m. PT and 11:30 p.m. ET on Global, with “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa hosting, joined by musical guest Mumford & Sons; you can also watch “SNL” sketches online.