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Seth Meyers Can’t Keep Track of Trump’s DACA Deal Making


Seth Meyers and other late-night hosts tried to wrap their heads around the recent thaw in President Trump’s relationship with congressional Democrats.


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Reeling From All the Dealing

Late-night hosts did their best on Thursday to make sense of the confounding deal-making process on immigration that unfolded between the White House and Congress’s Democratic leadership this week.

“After President Trump reportedly struck a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last night on DACA, he tweeted this morning, ‘No deal was made last night on DACA.’ Then he tweeted, ‘Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people?’ Then he tweeted, ‘The wall will continue to be built.’ Man, the last time somebody changed positions that much on Twitter, Ted Cruz liked it.” — SETH MEYERS

Video by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that Mr. Trump had “done more for bipartisanship in the last eight days than Obama did in the last eight years.” Trevor Noah sees things a little differently.

“Wow. One deal, now he’s Mr. Bipartisan? O.K. You can’t call someone a philanthropist just because he tossed a quarter at a homeless person. ‘We hereby name this alley the Donald Trump Alley of Giving!’” — TREVOR NOAH

A ‘Dreamer’ Comedian Weighs In

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

For another perspective on the deal to protect the so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, Jimmy Fallon spoke with a correspondent for “The Tonight Show,” Julio Torres, who is himself a Dreamer.

“I’m a standup comedian, but not just any kind. I’m sort of the queer, multimedia kind. The other day I was covered completely in glitter, holding a little crystal pyramid, trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my act, and I thought: Oh, I’m sorry, is this one of the many good jobs I’m stealing from hardworking Americans?” — JULIO TORRES

“The only person I connect with in this administration is Melania, because just like me she’s foreign, she’s a beautiful ice princess, and we both scan the room for the nearest exit whenever we read to children.” — JULIO TORRES

Bad Weather for Golfing

Mr. Trump recently traveled to Florida to see the effects of Hurricane Irma. Jimmy Kimmel wonders whether he fit in a round or two of golf while he was there.

“The president and his wife were in Florida today to have a look at the damage from Hurricane Irma. Trump as you know cares very deeply about the state of Florida — in fact, almost every weekend since he was sworn in, he has personally flown to Florida to make sure there were no hurricanes there. Sometimes he even carries a golf club to fend them off.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

The Punchiest Punchlines (Michigan Edition)

Video by Late Night With Seth Meyers

“I read about a brother and sister in Michigan who reunited after 50 years apart. Unfortunately, it was on Tinder.” — JIMMY FALLON

“Ivanka Trump said that she doesn’t speak out against her dad publicly because when you’re part of a team, you’re part of a team. I think what she meant to say was, when you’re part of a will, you’re part of a will.” — JIMMY FALLON

“In an interview with CNN yesterday, Hillary Clinton said that the Electoral College needs to be eliminated. ‘Same with regular college,’ said Betsy DeVos.” — SETH MEYERS

The Bits Worth Watching

Here’s Mr. Fallon’s most relatable hashtag topic yet: weird roommates.

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Mr. Kimmel asked Stephen Colbert — who’s been off the air this week, preparing to host the Emmys on Sunday — about two of the “Late Show” host’s favorite topics: Mr. Trump and his former press secretary, Sean Spicer.

Video by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Enjoy the Weekend

Mr. Colbert returns on Monday for an eventful week. First, he’ll be celebrating his second anniversary at “The Late Show.” Then, on Tuesday, he interviews Hillary Clinton. We’ll be here on Tuesday to tell you about it.

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