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Saturday Night Live mocks Donald Trump's phone call to Malcolm Turnbull: 'Australia sucks'

Sydney Morning Herald logoSydney Morning Herald 5/02/2017 Aja Styles

Alec Baldwin's POTUS speaking with Australia's prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. © SNL Alec Baldwin's POTUS speaking with Australia's prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. It was the mockery Australia had been waiting for.

Saturday Night Live kicked off with Alec Baldwin in his usual role of President Donald Trump and a very Grim Reaper-looking chief strategist, aka Steve Bannon.

"I've had a long day, I'm tired and cranky and feel like I could just freak out on somebody," says Baldwin's Trump.

"Then maybe you should call Australia," replies Bannon.

Trump: "What could go wrong? Let's do it!"

Calls a slightly balding, ocker Malcolm Turnbull, who is all politeness.

"I hear there's been a lot of blow-back over that Muslim ban," says our Prime Minister.

"No there wasn't, everyone loves it," replies Trump. 

"We had to do it because of that huge massacre at Bowling Green," he says, referring to aide Kellyanne Conway's defence of the ban, citing two Iraqi refugees being the masterminds behind a non-existent "Bowling Green Massacre". 

"It was horrible so many people died but actually they're the lucky one because they don't have to see how bad The Apprentice has gotten."

On being thanked for taking Australia's refugees based on the Obama administration agreement, Trump was quick to react.

"No, no refugees. America First. Australia sucks, your reef is failing, prepare to go to war."

Hangs up.

Baldwin's Trump then turns to Bannon for reassurance over whether he messed up.

"No, it was just according to plan," replies the skeleton-faced Bannon.

Baldwin's Trump also phoned German chancellor Angela Merkel at one point of the sketch (played by Kate McKinnon of course), who excitedly answers the phone with hope: "Barack Obama, I miss you."

But it was special guest Melissa McCarthy, who stole the show as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In answering questions from the press, McCarthy's Spicer has this to say on the Muslim ban to a New York Times journalist: "It's not a ban, it's not a ban. The travel ban is not a ban, which makes it not a ban."

When Trump's tweet using the term "ban" is given as evidence that it was a ban, Spicer continues: "You just said that. He's quoting you. It's your words. He's using your words, when you use the words and he uses them back it's circular using of the word and that's from you."

All other ban-related questions and Bannon's role in the decision are quickly shot down, with McCarthy's Spicer resorting to giving a visual demonstration, with props.

"When it comes to these decisions, the Constitution gives our president lots of power and Steve Bannon is the key ad-visor," McCarthy says as she waves a visor hat.

"Ok? And our president will knot (holding a rope) be de-turd (holding a fake poo) in his fight against radical Moose-lambs."

Kristen Stewart hosted the episode.


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