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‘Saturday Night Live’ teases Trump, pays tribute to Bush

Alec Baldwin made his latest appearance as President Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, portraying Trump in the episode’s cold open, while “Weekend Update” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost praised the late George H.W. Bush.

In the cold open, Baldwin’s Trump talks to various figures about Robert Mueller’s investigation and complains that he feels as though the former FBI director is coming after him. The skit was set in Argentina, where Trump and other world leaders had gathered for the G-20 summit.

Among those appearing to talk with Baldwin’s Trump was actor Ben Stiller, reprising his role as Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty this week to lying to Congress.


Watch: ‘Saturday Night Live’ cold open

Rudy Giuliani (played by Kate McKinnon), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett), and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Fred Armisen) all tried to console Baldwin, who complained that he was “all alone again.”

Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump is his first in more than a month. He was arrested on assault charges Nov. 2 after a dispute over a parking space in New York City. He made fun of his arrest during Saturday’s skit.

The skit concluded with the characters singing alternate lyrics to “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” from the 1976 musical “Evita.”

You can watch the entire cold open above.

Meanwhile, on “Weekend Update,” hosts Che and Jost lauded former president Bush for being able to laugh at himself and played a highlight video of former SNL cast member Dana Carvey portraying the president on the show. Among the clips was a split-screen interaction between Carvey and Bush during an SNL episode in 1994.

Watch: ‘Weekend Update’

Bush and Carvey got along well after years of the comedian portraying the political giant, so much so that Bush invited Carvey to perform his presidential impersonation at the 1992 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Bush passed away Friday at 94.


Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.