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Jimmy Kimmel Says He’s Sorry for Thinking Trump’s Vacation Is a Vacation


Jimmy Kimmel said that he realized that President Trump was hard at work. “Just yesterday, he brokered a peace deal between the groundskeeper at the golf course and some gophers,” he said.


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Trump’s ‘Working Vacation’

President Trump is on what his staff has called a “working vacation” at his New Jersey golf club. Mr. Trump has been trying to emphasize the “working” part, but video appeared over the weekend showing him on the golf course chatting with a party of bridesmaids.

“As of Friday, Donald Trump is on a 17-day vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. He’s there to relax after months of grueling golf at Mar-a-Lago.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“This morning, Trump tweeted he will be working in New Jersey while the White House goes through a long-planned renovation. The White House does need some work — apparently that place has a ton of leaks.” — JAMES CORDEN

“I want to apologize to the president for thinking his vacation is a vacation when plainly it’s not. I mean, it’s right there — he wrote, ‘meetings and calls.’ Just yesterday, he brokered a peace deal between the groundskeeper at the golf course and some gophers.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“Just for the record, ordering Chris Christie to go on a White Castle run does not count as a meeting or a call.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“Russian president Vladimir Putin is also on vacation, which is kind of suspicious. It’s like when your husband and his secretary go on a work trip together.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

A Tropical Storm Brewing

Video by Late Night With Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers is keeping tabs on the investigation by the special counsel Robert Mueller into Mr. Trump’s finances.

“I know, it’s crazy: The former New Jersey casino owner and Manhattan real estate magnate who’s been bankrupt four times and had a fake university that settled a $25 million fraud lawsuit might have some shady financial dealings.” — SETH MEYERS

“A White House adviser acknowledged that if Trump went so far as to fire Mueller, it would be a, quote, ‘apocalyptic [expletive]-storm.’ As opposed to what we’re currently living through, which is more of a tropical [expletive]-storm.” — SETH MEYERS

‘Did Hillary Frame Eric Bolling?’

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

A few months ago, Stephen Colbert complained that Mr. Trump’s herky-jerky presidency barely gave him a moment for good old late-night potty humor. Well, Mr. Colbert and his fellow hosts spent plenty of time on Monday basking in recent news about a longtime host at Fox News, Eric Bolling, who is in hot water after being accused of sending unsolicited, nude photos to female colleagues.

“Fox News host Eric Bolling has been suspended following reports that he sent lewd photos to multiple female co-workers. Or as Fox News is reporting it, ‘Did Hillary frame Eric Bolling?’” — SETH MEYERS

“He denies the charges — sort of. According to his lawyer, ‘Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications.’ He doesn’t recall? How do you forget sending someone your bits and pieces? ‘Did I leave the lights on? Did I turn the stove on? Did I leave the water running in the tub? Did I send multiple penis pictures to my co-workers? I dunno.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Punchiest Punchlines (Sitcom Edition)

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“Former communications director Anthony Scaramucci wants to turn his time in the White House into a sitcom. Networks say it’s impossible, because sitcoms have to last at least 30 minutes.” — JIMMY FALLON

“Tonight was the finale of ‘The Bachelorette.’ Millions of people tuned in to the finale to see who Rachel would spend the rest of her summer with.” — JIMMY FALLON

“According to Bloomberg, senior White House adviser Stephen Miller is being considered for the role of communications director. Though he looks like he’s up for the role of ‘scientist who intentionally releases the virus.’” — SETH MEYERS

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