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Late-night shows poke fun at Trump’s Israel visit

Comedians crack jokes on US president’s visit to Western Wall, denial of mentioning Israel to Russian FM

US President Donald Trump visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. (AFP Photo/Gali Tibbon)
US President Donald Trump visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. (AFP Photo/Gali Tibbon)

American late-night television hosts delivered a number of jokes at the expense of US President Donald Trump and his visit to Israel on Monday, highlighting some of the US leader’s less delicate moments and off-the-cuff remarks.

On “Late Night,” host Seth Meyers made fun of Trump’s historic visit to the Western Wall, tying it to the president’s pledge to build a wall long the border with Mexico and make Mexico pay for it.

“President Trump visited the Jewish holy site the Western Wall in East Jerusalem today. He also said the wall was the reason Israel doesn’t have any Mexicans,” Meyers said.

He also laughed at Trump’s unprompted revelation that he had never mentioned Israel to the Russians during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier this month in which he allegedly disclosed classified information drawn from Israeli intelligence.

“Just so you understand: I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned, in that conversation,” Trump said at the end of a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. “They’re all saying I did, so you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.”

Meyers responded: “Dude, nobody said you did. That’s like if your wife said ‘Are you having an affair’ and you said ‘I am NOT sleeping with Jenna!'”

On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert laughed at a White House document typo which saw one of the goals of the president’s trip described as ‘Promote the possibility of lasting peach.’

“I think this one is really gonna resonate with the American people because Americans really want something with peach in it — peach ice cream, peach cobbler, im-peach, anything with peach.”

Colbert also mentioned Trump’s Israel-Russia gaffe, joking that his remark was like saying: “‘Yes I gave away classified information to the Russians that everyone knew is from Israel, but I didn’t say Israel…until right now. Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel, okay? Israel.'”

On “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon also took a turn at ribbing the US president, describing Trump’s reaction upon being told Air Force One had landed in Tel Aviv.

“Who is Aviv and what am I supposed to tell him?”

Fallon also mocked Trump’s reaction to the gift he received from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Trump a 150-year-old bible. Which was kinda awkward when Trump autographed it and gave it back to him.”

In addition, Fallon also joked about Trump’s visit to the Western Wall, the first serving US president to do so.

“The staff said he was praying but people nearby heard him counting Mississippis,” joked Fallon.

On “The Late Late Show,” comedian James Corden noted how the US president told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that “we just got back from the Middle East” shortly after arriving in Israel.

“That would be like me coming out here going ‘great to be here in Los Angeles, I just got back from California.'”

The comedian also pointed out Israeli Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer’s reaction to Trump’s remark, who can been seen in the video shaking his head.

“That man is all of us everyday,” Corden said of Dermer.

Corden also remarked on the video footage from the welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport appearing to show First Lady Melania Trump flicking the US president’s hand away as he reached out to hold it.

“When they saw that even the Israelis and the Palestinians were like: ‘wow those two don’t get along,'” he cracked.

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