'Put That Impeachment Down!' Trump Helps Himself to Teasing at Gridiron Dinner

Official Washington, press trade humorous jabs at Gridiron

Later at the Gridiron dinner, Trump concluded the evening on a more hamonious note. "Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do", the president joked.

"I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person", Trump said. "That's why I accepted".

This year's Democratic primary has seven contenders and the Republican race 11, with the latter group including the incumbent, Gov. Jeff Colyer (R). The event traces its history to 1885, the year President Grover Cleveland refused to attend.

Vice President Mike Pence was labeled a "straight man" by Trump, who enthusiastically added, "He is straight!"

"Rest assured, Mr. President, this crowd is way bigger than Cleveland's", Club President David Lightman, congressional editor for McClatchy News, told the white-tie audience.

Trump daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner were there, as was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and National Security Agency director Michael Rogers.

On Saturday, Trump said in a mostly joke-filled speech at the Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington that North Korea "called up a couple of days ago and said, 'We would like to talk.' And I said, 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke. What are you going to do?" "I like chaos. It really is good", he said.

"He wakes up every morning and asks, has he been impeached yet". To muddy a beloved adage: He reserved the brunt of his heat for some of the absent figures who had stayed out of the kitchen - such as his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who Trump called one of CNN's "true stars, the guy who got you the most scoops and inside info". Indicates Broader Inquiry: Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick and Maggie Haberman write of the New York Times write: George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of global diplomacy for three decades.

"After all, you the New York Times are an icon".

Kushner's woes were good for a few laughs.

Mulling over who the White House might next bid adieu to, Trump joked about whether it might be his own wife Melania. They said, 'Can you do it?' And I told them not to worry.

Assuming a jovial tone, the president said he would not rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un - but warned it was the North's leader who faced "the risk of dealing with a madman". The only senator in his 30s said he was looking for a role model and "the search continues". "Looking to find common ground with the president, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, observed that 'we're both a little overweight and balding - I just have had an easier time admitting it, '" the newspaper reported.

Building bridges with North Korea? "She said, 'Behave.'. Is that bad?"

President Donald Trump's senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller.

The major political parties found themselves skewered in parody songs in musical skits.

He also got around to Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, saying, "she's insane, but she's a fine woman". He was a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration, reinvented himself as an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and previous year was a frequent visitor to President Trump's White House.

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