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'SNL' Takes on Trump in Season Premiere

By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 11:06 AM

"SNL" took on President Donald Trump in its season 43 premiere, poking fun at the U.S. president's recent tweets in which he criticized Puerto Rico following requests for relief in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The "Saturday Night Live" sketch sees Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, sitting in the Oval Office dressed in golfing attire.

"Sometimes when you're president you have to make sacrifices, so I skipped the back nine," he jokes, per the Chicago Tribune, before taking a phone call from Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, played by Melissa Villaseñor.

In the segment Cruz appeals to Baldwin's Trump for relief and assistance following the hurricane, to which he responds "it's a big ocean, water, with fishies and bubbles and turtles that bite," according to Variety.

"We want to help you, but we have to take care of America first," he adds, to which Villaseñor's Cruz replies "you do know we're a U.S. territory, don't you?"

Baldwin's Trump replies, "I mean, I do, but not many people know that, no."

This is a direct hit at the U.S. president's recent tax reform speech, during which he commented on the federal government's relief efforts in Puerto Rico by stating "this is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water," Business Insider noted.

Trump has been criticized for not showing as much concern to victims of Hurricane Maria as he did for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

His first public response to Hurricane Maria came five days after the storm made landfall.

The president took to Twitter to berate Puerto Rico for its poor infrastructure and debt.

Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Nina Metz called the "SNL" premiere's Trump sketch an "exercise in mediocrity."

"Merely quoting the president’s words flat out — underscoring how absurd and outrageous they are — is a form of political comedy. But somehow 'SNL' bungles this too, never fully committing to the idea," Metz wrote.

Matthew Dessem writing for Slate said the premiere's funniest sketch was host Ryan Gosling playing a man obsessed about the font used on the poster for the 2009 film "Avatar."

"So even if the rest of this season becomes an exhaustive mathematical proof that there’s nothing funny about Donald Trump anymore, we can still look forward to flashes of brilliance like this one," Dessem wrote.

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"SNL" took on President Donald Trump in its season 43 premiere, poking fun at the U.S. president's recent tweets in which he criticized Puerto Rico following requests for relief in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
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