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Seth Meyers Criticizes Trump’s Response to Crisis in Puerto Rico


Seth Meyers said President Trump’s mention of Puerto Rico’s financial debt made him sound like a hectoring landlord.


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Trump and Hurricane Maria

Late-night hosts heaped scorn on President Trump on Tuesday for what they called his slowness in addressing the fallout from Hurricane Maria. A week after the storm slammed Puerto Rico, Mr. Trump announced on Tuesday that he would go there to survey the damage.

But Conan O’Brien says that with all Mr. Trump’s recent focus on N.F.L. protests, we can’t be sure he will.

“Today Trump announced he will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday and survey the storm damage. So he’s gonna go. However, he may have to cancel, depending on what happens on Monday Night Football.” — CONAN O’BRIEN

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Seth Meyers was particularly upset that Mr. Trump chose Monday to remind his Twitter followers that Puerto Rico is in debt to Wall Street banks.

“Hey, weren’t you the guy who was going to put Americans before Wall Street? You couldn’t even do that in a tweet! People don’t even have clean drinking water and your first instinct is to tell them they owe money. What are you, some kind of [expletive] landlord? Oh, right. You were a [expletive] landlord.” — SETH MEYERS

Email-Gate, Trump Edition

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And late-night hosts couldn’t help but point out the irony of recent reports suggesting senior members of President Trump’s staff used private email accounts to handle government business.

“Yesterday, officials confirmed that at least six of President Trump’s closest advisers used private email to discuss official White House business. In a related story, Hillary Clinton was hospitalized today after rolling her eyes so hard she threw her back out.” — JAMES CORDEN

“Let’s just take a quick tally of all the Hillary things the Trumps have done now: private emails, working with Goldman Sachs, being shady with foundation money. I wouldn’t be shocked if we found out that they’re also wearing pantsuits in secret.” — TREVOR NOAH

What Insurance Does the G.O.P. Repeal Effort Have?

Trevor Noah briefly celebrated the end of the G.O.P.’s latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But he refused to believe that congressional Republicans wouldn’t try again soon.

“This isn’t the first time we have been told it’s dead. It might be really sick, but it keeps surviving. It’s almost as if the Republican health bill also has Obamacare. ‘You should be dead by now.’ ‘I have very good health care — very, very good health care. If I had myself, I would be long gone.’” — TREVOR NOAH

The Punchiest Punchlines (Drowsy Edition)

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“A new poll has found that 84 percent of likely voters in New Jersey want their senator, Robert Menendez, to step down if found guilty on charges of bribery. But he’s willing to step down right now — if they make it worth his while.” — SETH MEYERS

“A new study said that a lack of sleep can actually make you happier. When they heard that, new moms were like, ‘You want to say that to my face?’” — JIMMY FALLON

The Bits Worth Watching

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Now that some Trump administration officials have admitted to using private email accounts, “The Late Show” imagines a slightly more forgiving chant than “lock her up.”

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What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

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Stephen Colbert has a diverse lineup of guests on tap for Wednesday night: Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, and the absurdist comic provocateurs Tim and Eric.

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