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Alec Baldwin was back as President Trump in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open, which included an appearance by host Jimmy Fallon as Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The sketch opened with Baldwin sitting at a desk going over his list of accomplishments as president to date with Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett.

Have you seen my tweets on North Korea? This could all be over by Monday,” Trump says after Pence reminds him he has more than 1,300 days to go in his presidency.

The sketch poked fun at recent headlines about infighting among Kushner and Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. Trump summoned the two for an “Apprentice”-style elimination segment. The Bannon character was dressed as the Grim Reaper, complete with skeletal mask.

Fallon’s Kushner wore a flak jacket and sunglasses. He smiled a lot but didn’t say anything, even when Trump prodded him to deliver the signature “live from New York, it’s Saturday night” intro.

Bannon, of course, is the one banished. Trump tells him to “join Kellyanne Conway the basement.” But then he adds: “You get to come back at the end of all this and help send me to prison.”

Melissa McCarthy also returned to reprise her impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, skewering his gaffe earlier this week involving Hitler and the Holocaust.

McCarthy came out in a bunny suit, a reference to Spicer having played the Easter Bunny at one of the White House’s Easter Egg Roll events during the George W. Bush administration.

Spicer shocked the White House press corps and others during a briefing on April 11 while discussing President Trump’s decision to launch air strikes on Syria in response to President Bashar al-Assad‘s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

Spicer stated that even Hitler didn’t resort to using chemical weapons on his own people — a comment that drew immediate corrections and a storm of criticism for insensitivity and lack of knowledge of the Holocaust. To make matters worse, Spicer’s comment came on Passover.

He later apologized for the verbal debacle in an interview with CNN.
McCarthy’s Spicer delivered a belligerent apology from a podium, but also berated the press for inflating the incident. “If you guys didn’t focus on every little slur and lie I said,” she said.

Spicer also raised eyebrows by referring to “Holocaust centers” rather than concentration camps. McCarthy’s Spicer sketch also brought in another PR debacle of the past week. “I know they were called “concentration clubs,” she said. “I know they were sent there on trains but at least they didn’t have to fly United.”

The sketch ends with Spicer driving an egg-shaped golf cart over his podium, right after he blurts out: “By the way the President’s probably going to bomb North Korea tonight.”

Saturday night’s episode of “SNL” marked the first time in the show’s 42-year history that it is airing live in all time zones. Fallon followed the opening sketch with a high-energy segment that traded the traditional monologue for a performance of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” that featured Fallon and a group of dancers moving through the hall outside Studio 8-H and the backstage area.

 

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