Trump strikes jesting note at Washington press dinner

First lady Melania to attend Gridiron dinner with Trump

It wasn't broadcast but the reviews were mixed. So while we don't have the benefit of seeing video of the president's performance, we do have the White House pool report-as well as eyewitness accounts-to give us a sense of what went down. More out of place than Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin. "And I told them not to worry - nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do". "In one job, I had to manage a cutthroat cast of characters desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their ... jobs, and each week afraid of having their asses fired".

"We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security", the president said. "She can finally claim me as an adult dependent", he said. "That guy leaked more than the Titanic".

Mulling over who the White House might next bid adieu to, Trump joked about whether it might be his own wife Melania.

President Trump made an observation about the ruthless nature of politics. The White House said Trump has not yet decided whether to attend this year's correspondents dinner, which is in late April.

Then, he added, "A lot of you cover things very squarely, and there are few professions that I respect more.I want to thank the press for all that you do to support and sustain our democracy". I like turnover. I like chaos. "Steve Miller or Melania?'" Trump said.

While there's no official video or audio of the Gridiron Dinner, some folks shared snapshots on Twitter. The president is invited to speak every year and typically delivers comedic remarks. "As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his problem, not mine".

Umm, I hope that was a joke.

Also accepting invitations were at least eight members of Trump's Cabinet, six senators, four House members, and presidential relatives-turned-advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the foundation said in a statement. "I'm a NY icon, you're a NY icon, and the only difference is, I still own my buildings". So let's see what happens.

With an eye on the president, Landrieu said: "We're both overweight and balding".

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The evening's other speakers had some barbs for Trump, as well.

"This might be the most fun I have had since watching your faces on election night".

President Donald Trump poked fun at himself and members of his administration who have given him grief at an annual Washington social event Saturday, joking about former chief strategist Steve Bannon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and even first lady Melania Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner this weekend, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night.

Saturday was a rare appearance for the President, who has avoided events in the past where he might mingle with the media or Washington establishment.

Noting that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) regularly calls for his impeachment, Trump said, "And I say - and I get in trouble for this - 'she has to immediately take an IQ test, ' and people go insane".

In a nod to his penchant for over-the-top praise of his accomplishments, Trump said, "My staff was concerned that I couldn't do self-deprecating humor".

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