During the cold open of the first “Saturday Night Live” of December, Alec Baldwin returned as a very mopey Donald Trump, who is sad about his growing legal problems — but also how Vladimir Putin seems to have a new BFF in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).
Baldwin also snuck in a joke at his own expense about being accused of punching someone over a parking space a month ago.
The sketch saw Baldwin’s Trump taking a break from this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina by stepping out onto his hotel room balcony to mope about this week’s crazy developments. He started, of course, by fretting about how the Mueller investigation has heated up.
After complaining about having to hang out in Argentina with Europeans — “I’m a nationalist,” he said. “What did nationalism ever do to Europe?” — Trump was visited by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, played by a very game Kate McKinnon.
McKinnon’s Rudy joked that he “was hanging upside down under the balcony” like a vampire, and gave Trump the good news and bad news about the Mueller investigation. “The good news is it’s almost over. The bad news, it’s almost over.”
Baldwin’s Trump then made a call to Michael Cohen, played once again by Ben Stiller, to try and talk him out of testifying. After failing, Baldwin’s Trump said, “God, I haven’t been so upset since I flipped out over that parking space.”
The topic turned to what’s really bugging the POTUS — the way Russian president Vladimir Putin bro’d out with the Saudi Crown Prince with that high five-handshake-hug on Friday.
A bare-chested Putin, played as usual by Beck Bennett, arrived and pretended to console Trump. But the moment was ruined when MbS, played by Fred Armisen, showed up to cruelly remind Badlwin’s Trump that he’s no longer Putin’s bestie.
After that, Trump got into the spirit of his Argentina trip — and the fascism joke he made earlier in the sketch — by singing a parody of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita,” as he was joined by his administration, as well as Stiller’s Cohen.