Seth Meyers Shocked Trump Missed ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE’: All Caps Is ‘Donald Trump’s Native Tongue’ (Video)

The emergence of perhaps the greatest and most depressing meme of the Trump presidency so far, DO NOT CONGRATULATE, was late enough in the day on Tuesday that most late night hosts didn’t get to it until last night. And Seth Meyers thought it was such great subject matter that he spent an entire “A Closer Look” segment to it on Wednesday night.
“So Trump congratulated Putin on winning an apparently fraudulent election just a week after our closest ally accused Russia of orchestrating a chemical attack on British soil. And Trump didn’t even mention Putin’s meddling in the 2016 election, and if that wasn’t bad enough, even Trump’s own advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin on the call,” Meyers said.
Meyers continued: “The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump ignored specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Putin on his re-election including a section in his briefing materials in all capital letters stating, ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE.’ Man, they even put it in all caps. That’s Donald Trump’s native tongue.
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“But what’s amazing  is not only did Trump ignore the advice, he went 180 degrees in the other direction. They told him not to congratulate Putin and instead he invited Putin to a get together. It’s like if your wife says, ‘Your buddy Carl creeps me out. I don’t want him hanging around here anymore.’ And you said, ‘Okay, totally got it, get it, problem solved. Asked him to move in with us.’”
Meyers had plenty of other zingers about Trump’s call to Putin, including over the fact that he even called him in the first place when he didn’t even need to. Earlier in the segment Meyers said this:
“Now with all the questions swirling around Trump right now, you’d think he’d be eager to distance himself from Russian president Vladimir Putin. Talking to Putin right now would be like cheating on your wife and then posing for a picture with the woman you cheated with. Oh, right, he did he that too. Forgot who we were talking about for a second,” Meyers quipped.
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“Now it’s worth remembering that then-president Obama congratulated Putin in 2012 on his election victory at the time, but given Russia’s election meddling and their recent chemical attack in the UK, you think now would be a bad time to cozy up to Putin. And yet after his White House specifically made a point of saying Trump had no intention of calling Putin to congratulate him, Trump told reporters yesterday that he had called Putin to congratulate him.”
“Late Night” then played the clip of Trump telling everybody that he did the one thing he wasn’t supposed to do, while also inviting Putin to a meeting “to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”
“Hey man, you can’t say the arms race is getting out of control, when you’re the one at the controls,” Meyers said. “You’re like if Sully had gotten on the PA and said, ‘The engine is out of control. Maybe the birds will fix it. I’m grabbing a parachute, peace.’”
You can watch Wednesday’s “A Closer Look” segment in its entirety in the video embedded at the top of this post.
Every ‘SNL’ Alec Baldwin Donald Trump Sketch Ranked, From Least to Most Retweetable (Photos)

We’re in for at least (probably) three more years of Donald Trump as President of the United States. That means lots of bad things and one particularly great thing: We’re in for a lot more Alec Baldwin impersonations of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” From the often ridiculous phrases to the weird outbursts, “SNL” has captured all of it. In fact, the sketches often seem to struggle to surpass reality in terms of absurdity. But they get there. Here’s a list of every Baldwin-as-Trump “SNL” sketch, ranked from least to most hilarious, with links to the sketches.NBC
26. Trump’s Classroom Cold Open (Dec. 3, 2016)
Trump retweets ridiculous people, like a 16-year-old and a white supremacist. This one’s sadder than it is funny, though, because most of it doesn’t even require jokes. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
25. Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open (Nov. 19, 2016)
Fresh off winning the election, Trump’s completely unprepared. We already know that Mike Pence will do everything, but good effort, “SNL.” You can watch that sketch here.NBC
24. Trump’s Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 17, 2016)
Vladimir Putin and Rex Tillerson drop by Trump Tower for Christmas. This one definitely brings to mind the phrase, “No puppet, no puppet.” It’s also, perhaps, the most outright terrifying of all of these. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
23. The O’Reilly Factor with Donald Trump (April 8, 2017)
Alec Baldwin played both a scandalized Bill O’Reilly and Trump, who appeared on O’Reilly’s show to defend him. A clueless Trump is a nice addition to this one but he’s ultimately just an addition to another gag. You can watch the sketch here.NBC
22. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate Three Cold Open (Oct. 22, 2016)
Trump is winning “every single poll taken outside a Cracker Barrel,” but it’s Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton who steals this one — kind of like in real life. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
21. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate 1 Cold Open (Oct. 1, 2016)
The first debate really found Baldwin hitting the Trump stride. It’s mostly just him shouting “Gina” in a very insistent tone (his weird pronunciation of “China”). “Yuge Gina” gets a lot of mileage though. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
20. Trump Takes the Appeals Court to ‘The People’s Court’ (Feb. 11, 2017)
“SNL” made good on Trump’s all-caps “SEE YOU IN COURT” tweet by taking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to “The People’s Court.” But Judge Milian hassling Trump about his travel ban was a bit too short to really take off. Watch the sketch here.NBC
19. White House Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 2. 2017)
Donald Trump is visited by “the ghost of witness flipped,” Gen. Michael Flynn, but it’s Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton who steals the sketch. Watch the video here.
18. Sean Spicer Confronts Trump (May 13, 2017)
After a tough White House Press Briefing, Melissa McCarthy’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer rode his motorized podium to New York to confront Trump on lies. The pair wound up making out. Watch the sketch here.NBC
17. Donald Trump Phoenix Rally Cold Open (Aug. 24, 2016)
Trump gives a goodbye to Steve Bannon and pledges to build the Wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and make the American tax payer pay for it. Watch the sketch here.NBC
16. Trump’s People (April 8, 2017)
Trump checks in with rural white Americans after ordering an airstrike on Syria. Desperate to keep everyone happy, he promises everyone will have coal jobs for the rest of their lives and that he’ll slash minimum wage. The final joke about “finger chili” is a standout moment. Watch the sketch right here.NBC
15. Fox & Friends Cold Open (Feb. 5)
Trump called in to his favorite show, Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” for a quick pick-me-up after his State of the Union address. Trump isn’t the complete focus of this one, but when he shows up to tout the address, he gets in some good jokes — like how “people” are saying the SOTU was better than Martin Luther King’s “I Dream of Jeannie” speech. Watch the sketch here.NBC
14. VP Debate Cold Open (Oct. 8, 2o16)
Trump nabs the spotlight from the vice presidential debate and realizes he needs to be a lot more careful about talking about sexually assaulting people while wearing hot mics. Describing himself as a gross groping hurricane is hilariously cringe-worthy. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
13. Trump might have ties to Zorblat-9 as aliens invade (March 11, 2017)
Trump spoke to American troops to rally them in a battle against super-powerful space aliens. Unfortunately, Trump’s old standbys like “we don’t win anymore” and “we’re going to bring coal back” were not all that helpful. Most of the rhetoric is stuff we’ve heard before, but Leslie Jones’ and Sasheer Zamata’s moments near the end elevate the sketch. Watch the sketch here.NBC
12. White House Tree Trimming Cold Open (Dec. 16, 2017)
Joined by his family, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, Trump decks his Christmas tree by remembering the losers in his first year as president. Watch the video here.NBC
11. Trump call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Sept. 30, 2016)
Trump fields a call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and reminds her that if the U.S. territory should have invested in FEMA Prime if it wanted fast hurricane relief. Watch the sketch here.NBC
10. Trump Administration sings “Hallelujah” (May 20, 2017)
The final cold open of the season references Kate McKinnon’s cold open as Hillary Clinton, making a perfect joke about Donald Trump’s week of news scandals. Scarlett Johansson even returned for a quick guest appearance to reprise her role as Ivanka Trump. Watch it here.NBC
9. Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump Cold Open (Nov. 5, 2016)
CNN doesn’t care that Trump literally kisses the FBI, Putin and the KKK, instead pestering Hillary about emails. Alec and Kate heartwarming run through Times Square is the real sweet spot of the sketch. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
8. Donald Trump gives Bannon and Kushner the ‘Apprentice’ Treatment (April 15, 2017)
After a week of reports about infighting between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, “SNL” pits the two advisers against each other in to see who will be eliminated. Spoiler alert: It’s Bannon. Watch the sketch here.NBC
7. Donald Trump Trucker Rally Did Cold Open (Oct. 14, 2017)
Baldwin’s Trump continues to make Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) walk out of things in protest, including a basketball game, a Starbucks and a gay wedding. Watch the sketch here.NBC
6. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open (Oct. 15, 2016)
Of all the debates, the second was the funniest. Trump lurking in the background and slipping past Hillary like he’s the shark in a “Jaws” movie completely captures the awkwardness of the real event. You can watch that sketch here.NBC
5. Paul Manafort’s House Cold Open (Nov. 4, 2017)
After Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort, Trump offers a pardon plan: Pretend he’s a Thanksgiving turkey. Watch the video here.NBC
4. Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open (Jan. 14, 2017)
It might be the lowest-brow of the sketches, but Trump accidentally talking about urine throughout his press conference is bested only by the line, “I’m not talking about the pee-pee, because it didn’t happen and it wasn’t as cool as it sounds.” You can watch that sketch here.NBC
3. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon call world leaders (Feb. 4, 2017)
“SNL” channels two weeks of executive actions and other Trump news items to turn out a ton of jokes that channel absurdity while still finding new ways to be funny. Watch the sketch here.NBC
2. Donald Trump interview with Lester Holt (May 13, 2017)
After firing former FBI Director James Comey, Trump realized he could say just about anything with no consequences. He tried it out in an interview with Lester Holt. Watch the sketch here.NBC
1. Presidential Address (May 4, 2018)
Trump addresses the gun control debate and talks about how America is in the top 5 countries in the world — but lags behind Wakanda, the fictional African nation from the movie “Black Panther.” Watch the sketch here.NBC

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