Breaking Up With the U.N.
Late-night hosts reacted to President Trump’s aggressive speech at the United Nations with a mix of bafflement and amusement.
“President Trump gave his big speech at the U.N. General Assembly today. At one point he threatened to totally destroy North Korea. He said he has this good plan to do it: Run for president of North Korea.” — JIMMY FALLON
“During his address to the U.N. today, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as ‘Rocket Man.’ Even worse, he referred to nuclear missiles as ‘boom boom sticks.’” — SETH MEYERS
Trevor Noah pointed out the section of Mr. Trump’s speech in which he encouraged the governments of United Nations countries to look after their own interests before those of the rest of the world. “If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign and independent nations,” Mr. Trump had said.
“The only way to grow together is to grow apart: It sounds like Donald Trump is trying to break up with the U.N. without getting into a fight. ‘I love you, I just don’t love us, and maybe in time we can make it work. By the way, this is my fiancée, Russia.’” — TREVOR NOAH
Clinton Accuses Putin of ‘Manspreading’
Hillary Clinton appeared on “The Late Show” to discuss her new book, “What Happened.” In it, she denounces the influence of purported Russian meddling in the United States election. Stephen Colbert asked whether her gender had something to do with President Vladimir Putin’s distaste for her.
Mrs. Clinton said it was likely. Then she leveled another devastating accusation against Mr. Putin.
COLBERT: Did he ever say anything to you personally that demonstrated his misogyny?
CLINTON: Well, he demonstrated it. As I write in the book, there’s an expression — we certainly know it in New York — called “manspreading.”
CLINTON: And every time I met with him, it would be [flails her limbs out].
Mrs. Clinton then told an anecdote about discussing Russia’s conservation efforts with Mr. Putin during a diplomatic visit to Russia.
“He takes me down the stairs, down this corridor, in this door — all the security guys are jumping up because we weren’t expected — into this inner sanctum with this huge desk and the biggest map of Russia I think exists. And he’s telling me, he’s going here to tag polar bears [pointing at an imaginary map]. And then he says to me, “Would your husband like to come?” And then I said to him, “Well, I’ll ask him, but if he’s busy, I’ll go.” — HILLARY CLINTON
The Punchiest Punchlines (‘Rocket Man’ Edition)
“We learned over the weekend that Trump lawyers are clashing over how much to cooperate with the Russia inquiry. If only those Trump lawyers were around when he decided how much to cooperate with Russia.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
“Why are you calling him ‘Rocket Man’? That’s not a dis, that’s a cool nickname. You’re making him sound like a character from ‘Top Gun.’” — SETH MEYERS
The Bits Worth Watching
Mr. Colbert imagines an insult-off of Elton John puns between Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
When this couple’s engagement ring fell into a creek, Mr. Kimmel surprised them with a second chance.
What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night
The CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will sit down with Seth Meyers on “Late Night” on Wednesday — and the latest developments in the fast-moving Russia investigation are likely to come up.
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