Despite the president previously appearing to be far less comfortable with such comedic shows than his predecessor Barack Obama, who gave several amusing speeches to the White House Correspondents Dinner, which Trump past year avoided, he seemed to enjoy his new role as comedian in chief.
Donald Trump traded playful digs with the Washington press corps late Saturday at an annual gathering of politicians and members of the media, which the U.S. president normally loves to hate. Every president since has come to at least one Gridiron. "And I told them not to worry - nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do".
Trump's detractors in the Republican Party and outside have for long seen Pence, the staid and non-controversial deputy, as the man to bring the presidency back to its usual state of staid orderliness.
In the first year of the Trump administration, 34 per cent of the President's staff were either fired, reassigned or resigned.
Trump even remained self-deprecating about his standoff with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying, "I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un". Last week White House communications director Hope Hicks became the latest member of Trump's administration to stand down from her post, following a spate of senior staff exits past year, including Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted just 10 days as White House communications director. Maybe positive things are happening, I hope that's true ...
But Trump added that Pence was bothering him recently with his focus on news reports. And turning to his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump, who was present, Trump said, "Ivanka, you've got to do something!"
"I'm a NY icon. They said that 'We would like to talk.' And I said 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke, you have to de-nuke'".
Sen. Tom Cotton speaking to Israeli reporters in his Washington office
That show poked fun at Trump and many people in his inner circle, including Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist at the time, by portraying him in a devil's costume. Now, the question everybody keeps asking: "Who's going to be the next to leave, Steve Miller or Melania?" "As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his problem, not mine".
On Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president said, "I offered him a ride over and he recused himself". I was very excited to receive this invitation and come here and ruin your evening in person.
The joke: Trump said his State of the Union was "actually extraordinary".
"Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his awful impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony", the president wrote, twenty minutes after deleting a similar tweet riddled with typos.
"Orrin said that 'Donald Trump is the best at self-deprecation in the history of America. It really is good", he said, while Melania was on the stage with him.
Trump, who has attacked the press as an "enemy of the people", teased the media in more jovial manner Saturday night.
Citing the prerequisite anonymous sources in the know, the paper said the president is frustrated with Kushner after his security clearance was downgraded this week. He said spending the evening with them was the best time he'd had since watching their faces on election night.