Seth Meyers Previews President Trump's Address to Congress After Scathing CPAC Rant

Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time Tuesday night; his first major speech since inauguration. However, discussing his agenda "could be difficult since his agenda so far has consisted largely of complaints about the media," "Late Night" host Seth Meyers recalled. 

So far, Trump's most terrifying moment this week was during a update on the administration's Obamacare repeal. Even after seven years, the GOP has no solid healthcare replacement plan, to which Trump replied "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

"Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated?" Meyers asked incredulously late Monday. "The only way that sentence could be more terrifying is if you heard it just before the anesthesia was kicking in." 

Even former president George W. Bush weighed in on Trump's war with the media this week, calling the press "indispensable to democracy" to "hold people accountable who abuse their power." 

"It's amazing that that basic platitude about democracy and a free press is now considered a brave criticism of our president," Meyers remarked at Bush's Today exclusive with Matt Lauer earlier that day. 

"Soon people are going to start referring to this 'W' moment as a soaring call for national unity," he mocked, before showing a September 2000 clip of Bush proclaiming he knows "that human being and fish can coexist peacefully."

"Who knew, that almost two decades later, a squid would be working in the White House," he mused, showing a side-by-side comparison of White House adviser Stephen Miller and Spongebob's Squidward. 

But Trump defended his own brand of fake news perpetuated by Miller during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday where he railed against “the enemy of the people.”

“I saw one story recently where they said nine people have confirmed. There are no nine people, I don’t believe there was one or two people. Nine people. I said, ‘Give me a break.’ Because I know the people,” Trump said. “I know who they talk to. There were no nine people. But hey say nine people. Somebody reads it and thinks nine people, they have nine sources. They make up sources.”

“He’s so sure it’s not nine people,” Meyers joked. 

“‘There can’t be nine sources because we haven’t even hired nine people yet," he said, impersonating Trump. "The only people who work at the White House are me, Spicey, Kellyanne, Frederick Douglass, and the guy who’s always telling me to shut my f—ing mouth. He’s a bad dude. He scares me, that guy [Steve Bannon].”


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