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James Corden Jabs Trump for Disbanding His Business Councils


James Corden said on “The Late Late Show” on Wednesday: “Forget creating new manufacturing jobs in this country. Trump can’t even manufacture manufacturing councils.”


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Uniting the Nerds and the Jocks, At Least

All the major late-night shows on Wednesday continued denouncing President Trump’s defense of the right-wing protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

James Corden pounced on Mr. Trump after chief executives resigned en masse from two presidential councils, leading Mr. Trump to disband the advisory groups altogether.

“The way these C.E.O.s are leaving Trump, you’d think they were married to him.” — JAMES CORDEN

“Forget creating new manufacturing jobs in this country. Trump can’t even manufacture manufacturing councils.” — JAMES CORDEN

“The C.E.O.s of Intel and Under Armour both resigned, which means somehow Donald Trump figured out a way to lose the nerds and the jocks at the same time.” — JAMES CORDEN

“The C.E.O. of the company 3M also resigned, and when Donald Trump asked why, they said that 3M doesn’t want to be associated with the three K’s.” — JAMES CORDEN

‘He Ended a Press Conference on a Cliffhanger’

Video by Late Night With Seth Meyers

The way Seth Meyers sees it, Mr. Trump was using questions about the future of the chief White House strategist Steve Bannon to build intrigue in the news media.

“When asked yesterday about his confidence in chief adviser and accused white nationalist Steve Bannon, President Trump said, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ This is how much Trump cares about ratings: He ended a press conference on a cliffhanger. ‘Will Steve Bannon lose his job? Will Mike Pence and his wife finally go all the way? Find out tomorrow on “As the World Burns.’” — SETH MEYERS

Mr. Meyers then took a look at the Twitter messages that Mr. Trump had posted in response to the departures of business leaders.

“Grandstanders. And you all know what grandstands are right? They were those empty things at his inauguration.” — SETH MEYERS

Free to Plagiarize

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert said that Mr. Trump was not being unclear with his statements to reporters this week, he was deliberately professing his affinity for white nationalism. Mr. Colbert quoted from a report that Mr. Trump felt “liberated” after delivering his news conference.

“Liberated. Free. Emancipated, if you will. ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I’m free at last.’ You like that? Melania wrote that. She’s very good.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Punchiest Punchlines (Nostalgia Edition)

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“People are upset, and I understand why: The president handled a group of racists with kid gloves. I want to encourage you to keep an open mind here — maybe he did it because kid gloves are the only gloves that fit on his tiny little hands.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“It’s crazy — I’m starting to miss the old days, when we were on the verge of nuclear war with North Korea.” — JIMMY FALLON

The Bits Worth Watching

James Corden would really like to be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s hype man.

Video by The Late Late Show With James Corden

Ellie Kemper was understandably enthusiastic to play with — and lie shamelessly about — some puppies.

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night

Kathryn Hahn was recently nominated for an Emmy for her role in the comedy series “Transparent.” She’ll talk to Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

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