During the pre-recorded programme — which was taped before Trump threatened North Korea with “bigger and more powerful” nuclear weapons or posted about the ‘Most Dishonest Media Awards’ — the Late Show host picked apart Trump’s nine early-morning messages.
The first Tweet Colbert brought up concerned Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the President calling on the Justice Department to act.
“She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents,” Trump wrote. “Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”
Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2 January 2018
Colbert joked: “‘Remember sailors pictures on submarine?’ I think grandpa’s reminiscing again.”
The host then reminded viewers the message was from the President of the United States who was “tweeting and describing the Justice Department as a ‘Deep State’ conspiracy”.
“That is a serious charge, the kind of thing you can never make lightly and, of course, you can never take back,” Colbert said, pausing for a moment before adding: “I’m kidding.”
White House Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders has since tried to insist Trump does not see the Justice Department as ‘Deep State’ “despite Tweeting otherwise”.
“Who got to her?” Colbert questioned, followed by dramatic music. “Could it be the Deep State?” See the segment below.
Colbert also mocked Trump’s Tweets about no-one dying on commercial flights during 2017, saying: “Trump took credit for no one dying in a plane crash this year! That explains his new campaign slogan, ‘Trump 2020: You got to Tulsa, didn’t ya?” Actor Bryan Cranston has also mocked the President over the message in a Tweet that has since gone viral.