Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump couldn’t focus in a meeting with his top advisors — his Twitter finger was itchy.
In this week’s "Saturday Night Live" cold open, Trump is seen in a meeting with Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and various other top advisors, all of whom try in vain to brief the president-elect on Syria. But Trump could not stop gleefully, compulsively retweeting his social media fans.
“I just retweeted the best tweet. Wow. What a great, smart tweet!” he announces.
“There’s a reason why Donald tweets so much,” offers Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway. “He does it to distract the media from his business conflicts — and all the scary people in his cabinet.”
It's a theory that has taken hold as the president-elect continues to take to Twitter, sometimes at odd hours, to throw shade on his rivals and perceived nemeses. Indeed, after the episode aired Saturday night, the real Trump registered his disapproval of the show on social media.
Baldwin fired back on Twitter, jabbing Trump for not releasing his tax return.
The cold open continued with Trump's aides toughening their stance after the president-elect breaks his promise to “buckle down and get to work” by retweeting yet another supporter.
Not to worry, Trump says. “I’ve gotten a lot done so far. I was elected 25 days ago, and already unemployment is at a nine-year low, millions and millions of people have health care and Osama bin Laden is dead,” he explains, taking credit for the work of the Obama administration.
Even when Baldwin's Trump is not distracted by Twitter, he finds something else to distract him.
“What’s that at the end of the table?” he asks. “Is that the picture of me that I hate? The one the press always uses where I look so ugly?” One of Trump’s many complaints of the news media is that they select unflattering photographs of him to use in reports.
“Actually, it’s a plate of mashed potatoes,” Conway tells him.
“Alright,” Trump relents. “You have my undivided attention.”
But, another 10 seconds later, he's at it again.
"SNL" also made comedy out of recent Hillary Clinton sightings in the woods of upstate New York: intrepid Hillary hunters bait her to the edge of the treeline with news articles on the recount efforts under way in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Weekend Update touched on Trump as well, and also covered the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the Kellogg company dropping its association with website Breitbart.com and a new ban on smoking in New York public housing.
Host Emma Stone revisited a long-lost love in her monologue.
Shawn Mendes performed two songs.