Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Criticizes Trump for Attacking Germany


Best of Late Night

Stephen Colbert said, “I’m not ready to say that our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent — and he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia.”CreditCBS

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President Trump began his trip to Europe by issuing broadside attacks against NATO in general and Germany specifically. Trump suggested that Germany’s reliance on Russia for much of its natural gas meant it was “totally controlled by Russia.” (Read our fact-check here.)

On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert lamented the president’s remarks, but he didn’t sound surprised.

“As The New York Times put it, ‘Mr. Trump kicked off his meetings on a contentious note.’ Contentious is his only note! He’s a human air horn.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Colbert said that Trump seemed to be using his claims about Germany to distract from his own relationship with the Kremlin.

“Now, I’m not ready to say that our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent — and he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Colbert also touched on the latest news about Trump’s dealings with North Korea. Reports emerged on Wednesday about the meeting that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with North Korean diplomats last week — and the details didn’t sound promising.

“We’re getting reports that ‘Pompeo’s North Korea meeting went “as badly as it could have gone.”’ I’m not surprised — sometimes the second date is rough. You go back to his place, you find out it’s full of executed relatives, or worse: Limp Bizkit CDs.” — STEPHEN COLBERT, quoting from a CNN report

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