French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the NATO cafeteria’s “cool table,” in the cold open of the American variety show “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
The comedy routine was a spoof of the widely-publicized video of the three leaders laughing at U.S. President Donald Trump at last week’s NATO leaders’ summit outside London. Trump, in response to that video, called Trudeau “two-faced” and then abruptly canceled his planned closing news conference at the NATO gathering where leaders were celebrating the alliance’s 70th anniversary.
In the comedy sketch, Macron (played by Paul Rudd), Trudeau (played by Jimmy Fallon) and Johnson (played by James Corden), gang up on Trump (played as usual by Alec Baldwin) in a fictional NATO cafeteria and tell the U.S. president he can’t sit at their table.
“We would like to see you talk and chew at the same time,” Macron tells Trump when he asks to sit down with his tray of hamburgers, “but we’ve promised this seat to a friend.”
“Well I’m Boris’ friend, right Boris?” Trump asks.
Johnson — who was widely reported to be trying to keep his distance from the U.S. president ahead of Thursday’s U.K. general election — responds, “Don’t make this harder than it already is, old man. I’m hanging out with these guys now.”
When the U.S. president reluctantly takes his place at an adjacent table with Latvian President Eglis Levits (played by Kyle Mooney), conversation at the “cool table” turns back to schoolroom gossip, referencing Trump’s newest mission: to reduce the number of low-flow toilets, which he said at the White House last week sometimes need to be flushed “10 times, 15 times.”
Later in the sketch, in a last-ditch effort to keep Trump from taking the empty fourth seat at the table, the lads invite German Chancellor Angela Merkel over.
Merkel, played by Kate McKinnon, can’t believe her luck. “Is this happening? Am I actually about to sit at the cool kids’ table? Just relax, Angela,” she tells herself.
The “cool kids” then further irk Trump by bringing up Merkel’s affection for Barack Obama, and then taping an “IMPEACH ME!” sign to Trump’s back when he turns around.
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