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Trump Fights with China, Rudy Seeks Ukraine’s Help in 2020: A Closer Look

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  • -The president met with the leader of Hungary
  • while he was feuding with China,
  • and his lawyer was trying to get Ukraine
  • to meddle in the 2020 election.
  • For more on this, it's time for "A Closer Look.'
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • ♪♪
  • -Trump met today with the Prime Minister of Hungary,
  • Viktor Orbán, a far-right authoritarian strongman
  • who has curtailed democracy in his country,
  • has almost total control of the media,
  • has chipped away at the independence of the court,
  • and has implemented a crackdown on immigration that has made him
  • a pariah in Europe, or as Trump put it...
  • -Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job
  • in so many different ways. Highly respected.
  • Respected all over Europe.
  • Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that's okay.
  • That's okay.
  • -A little bit controversial
  • is not how you describe a wannabe dictator.
  • That's how your aunt describes
  • "50 Shades of Grey." [ Laughter ]
  • That's a little bit controversial, but that's okay.
  • They're having fun.
  • But while Trump was palling around with
  • the authoritarian leader of Hungary,
  • he was also conducting a trade war with China.
  • Today China said it would impose retaliatory tariffs
  • against the U.S., and the stock market plummeted as a result.
  • But Trump shrugged it off, suggesting our economy
  • was strong enough to handle it while, as usual,
  • sounding incredibly vague.
  • -We're in a very strong position.
  • Our economy has been very powerful.
  • Theirs has not been.
  • We've gone up a lot since our great election in 2016,
  • and if you look at the numbers, they've gone down quite a bit.
  • We're dealing with them.
  • We have a very good relationship.
  • Maybe something will happen.
  • -Maybe something will happen?
  • Sounds like a Mafia boss doing a book report
  • on a book he's never even heard of.
  • [ Mobster accent ] "To Kill A Mockingbird,"
  • it's about a mockingbird.
  • He owes some people some money, maybe something bad happen.
  • Maybe the mockingbird had it coming. Capiche?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Let's just say you don't got to worry about
  • anybody mocking anymore.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • [ Normal voice ] Trump casts himself as a master deal maker,
  • but what we're learning yet again
  • is that he's actually terrible at making deals.
  • This is what Trump does -- He creates myths about himself
  • until the truth comes out.
  • Like how he brags about his prowess at golf.
  • For example, you might remember
  • the time Trump held a round table of CEOs
  • on how to bring back manufacturing jobs
  • and made the CEO of General Electric tell a story
  • about how Trump supposedly hit a hole in one.
  • -Mr. President, good to see you again. Jeff Immelt, G.E.
  • -Hi, Jeff. -Great to be here.
  • Look forward to really working with you
  • on creating more manufacturing jobs.
  • -Jeff actually watched me make a hole in one.
  • Can you believe that? Should you tell that story?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -We were trying to talk President Trump
  • into doing "The Apprentice."
  • That was my assignment when we owned NBC.
  • President Trump goes up to a par 3 on his course,
  • he looks to the three of us and says,
  • "You realize, of course, I'm the richest golfer in the world."
  • That's a comment, then gets a hole in one.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Crazy. -I have to say, you know,
  • I've seen the magic before. So --
  • [ laughter ] -It's so crazy. It's so crazy.
  • No, I actually said I was the best golfer
  • of all the rich people, to be exact.
  • -[ Laughs haughtily ]
  • [ Laughing continues ]
  • I spit out my caviar.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Applause ] Just a true -- right there.
  • You have it, a true man of the people.
  • A billionaire president who cheats on his taxes
  • yucking it up with a bunch of wealthy CEOs
  • and bragging about how he's the richest golfer in the world.
  • It's like an episode of the "Twilight Zone"
  • written by Bernie Sanders.
  • [ As Sanders ] Imagine if will, a golfer,
  • but this is no ordinary golfer.
  • He's also the president, and the CEO of the "Twilight Zone."
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • Roll the episode. [ Cheers and applause ]
  • There's a twist at the end.
  • There's no hole.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • That's the twist. He -- Just golfing, there's no hole.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Pretty good twist.
  • [ Normal voice ] Now we all know Trump cheats at golf.
  • He's notorious for it.
  • In fact, there's an entire book about it
  • called "Commander in Cheat."
  • That book came out last month,
  • which means it came out the same month as the Mueller report.
  • A book about cheating at politics,
  • and a book about cheating at golf.
  • This guy cheats so much, he had two separate books
  • about cheating come out in the same month.
  • Soon, it's going to be its own section at Barnes & Noble.
  • They'll be books, "Cheating in Marriage,"
  • there'll be "Cheating in School."
  • He'll have a book like, "Cheating in Cooking."
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • And the sportswriter who wrote the golf book
  • said last month on CNN that it wasn't just the occasional game.
  • Trump cheats in brazen and bewildering ways
  • even when he's playing the best golfers in the world.
  • -You're not just saying he cheats.
  • You're saying he cheats!
  • I mean he cheats on all of it.
  • -He cheats like a Mafia accountant.
  • He cheats crazy.
  • He cheats whether you're watching or not.
  • He cheats whether you like it or not.
  • He tried to cheat Tiger Woods in a match.
  • Tiger hits it like this. He hits two balls in the water,
  • doesn't count either,
  • and pretends that he almost tied Tiger Woods.
  • -He tried to cheat against Tiger Woods.
  • That's like challenging LeBron James
  • to a slam dunk contest and bringing a ladder.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ As Trump ] So I guess it's a draw.
  • Both dunked.
  • [ Normal voice ] And then last week we got maybe
  • the craziest cheating story yet from that same author
  • involving a guy named Ted Virtue,
  • the CEO of a New York investment firm.
  • Virtue was at Trump's golf course in Florida with his son.
  • Now this was while Trump was already president.
  • Here's how the story starts. Trump sees Ted on the 9th hole
  • and decides to drive his cart over.
  • He tells Ted, "Congrats on winning the club championship.
  • But you didn't really win it, because I was out of town."
  • And if you're curious where Trump was
  • when he says was out of town,
  • Trump was meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
  • This guy was at a high-stakes nuclear summit
  • with the leader of a rogue nation
  • all bummed out he was missing the club tournament.
  • Can you imagine the amount of whining and moaning
  • Kim Jong-un had to put up with?
  • [ As Trump ] You better disarm, because while I'm here,
  • Ted Virtue is winning my tournament.
  • Translate that. Translate that to him.
  • And tell him Ted Virtue's a real jerk. Say it.
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • [ Normal voice ] But the story gets weirder from there.
  • Because Trump challenged Virtue and his son
  • to play for the club championship on the spot.
  • They get to a hole with a big pond in front of the green.
  • Both Ted and his son hit the ball on the green,
  • but Trump hits his in the water.
  • By the time they get to the hole though,
  • Trump is lining up the son's ball.
  • Only now it's his ball, and the caddy has switched it.
  • The son is like, "That's my ball."
  • But Trump's caddy goes "No, this is the president's ball.
  • Your ball went in the water."
  • Ted and his son look at each other confused,
  • not sure if this is really happening.
  • Oh, it's happening.
  • Everything you're not sure of is happening.
  • But this is what Trump does.
  • On stuff as big as a trade
  • or as small as a ball hit in the water,
  • he makes you question your sense of reality.
  • He's like a guy who only kind of knows
  • how to jedi mind trick you.
  • But instead of actually convincing you,
  • he just keeps saying it until you get irritated and give up.
  • [ As Trump ] This is not the ball you're looking for.
  • [ Normal voice ] No, yeah, that is actually my ball.
  • [ As Trump ] No, it's not.
  • [ Normal voice ] Yeah, no, it definitely is.
  • [ As Trump ] No, it's not.
  • [ Normal voice ] Yeah, it is.
  • [ As Trump ] No, it's not.
  • [ Normal voice ] Fine, whatever. Just take it.
  • [ As Trump ] You just got jedied.
  • [ Normal voice ] But there's a revealing part of this story,
  • and it involves what happens when Trump actually tries
  • to play in regulated matches with rules where he can't cheat.
  • This will shock you -- He's not nearly as good.
  • -He's played on television ten times,
  • Pebble Beach Pro-Am seven times,
  • and the Lake Tahoe thing three times.
  • He has never made the cut at Pebble Beach,
  • and at Tahoe, he's never finished in the top half.
  • So when there's rules guys and cameras,
  • he's not that good.
  • When it's just his course, his caddy, his world,
  • he's pretty good.
  • -In fact, as a general rule
  • I would say Donald Trump looks much worse
  • when there are cameras than when there are not.
  • On paper, Trump is a 6'3" self-made business genius
  • worth $10 billion who went to Wharton,
  • lives in a gold tower, and won a presidential election,
  • but on camera, he's a guy who openly colludes
  • with foreign adversaries,
  • sweats like he's chugging hot sauce at end of a marathon,
  • and can't pronounce words that are longer than two syllables.
  • -Every single car out there,
  • even the really expenses ones...
  • Controlled by large derners.
  • 10,000 known or suspested gang members.
  • [ Laughter ] -Suspested.
  • As in everyone suspested that Trump cheats at golf,
  • but now we're positrive.
  • [ Laughter, cheers, and applause ]
  • But here's the thing, you guys...
  • Trump might be the most prolific cheater
  • in the Republican Party, but he's not alone.
  • The ranks of the GOP are filled with guys
  • who know they can only win if they cheat,
  • which is why they're so dedicated
  • to passing voter suppression laws, stacking the courts,
  • and accepting the help of foreign countries
  • interfering in our elections.
  • In fact, over the weekend,
  • we got some news of a very bizarre plot
  • by Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani,
  • to go to Ukraine and seek their help in the 2020 election.
  • -President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani,
  • planning to travel to Ukraine soon.
  • "The New York Times" reports he will ask that country's
  • new president to investigate the origin
  • of special counsel Mueller's Russia investigation.
  • Giuliani will also press Ukraine to look into
  • Joe Biden's son's involvement in a gas company
  • owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.
  • -So, Rudy's plan was to fly to Ukraine and dig up dirt
  • on the Russia probe and Joe Biden?
  • First of all, you don't need to go to Ukraine
  • to dig up dirt on Biden.
  • There are actual pictures of the dude sniffing hair
  • and rubbing shoulders, and by the way,
  • it's not like this wasn't weird at the time.
  • I mean look at the faces of the dudes on either side.
  • They're like, "Uhhhh, should we go?"
  • Second, think about how crazy this is --
  • the president's lawyer is now just openly inviting
  • the interference of foreign governments
  • to dig up dirt on political opponents.
  • Rudy basically even admitted it when he told "The Times"
  • we're not meddling in an election,
  • we're meddling in an investigation,
  • which we have a right to do.
  • There's nothing illegal about it.
  • Somebody could say, it's improper.
  • All right. I'll say it.
  • It's improper.
  • The best thing about Rudy is he just admits everything.
  • We probably wouldn't have needed the Mueller report
  • if we had just given Rudy a podcast.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • After the story broke, Rudy went on Fox News
  • to announce that he wasn't going to Ukraine after all.
  • But the weirdest part of the interview was when
  • the anchor tried to end it, and Rudy would not stop talking,
  • up until the point where the anchor pointed out
  • that he was accidentally making more news.
  • -I am actually quite confident that the facts with regard
  • to Vice President -- former Vice President Biden
  • are so compelling that there's no way he gets from here
  • to the election without this being investigated.
  • -Okay, so -- -Tell me if this wouldn't be
  • major news if it were the Trumps.
  • -Mr. Mayor, we're out of time, but listen --
  • -Don't bother to answer. Just have your viewers answer.
  • -For now, we'll let the world know
  • you're not headed to Ukraine. -Right now, I'm not going.
  • -Alright. -So they can call me for it --
  • -We're out of time. -And maybe I'll take
  • executive privilege or something or other.
  • -Oh, boy. Oh, boy. -I don't know. We'll see.
  • Or maybe I'll testify. -You're making another headline
  • tonight Mr. Mayor. -Let's see what can happen,
  • but -- -Thank you for dropping in.
  • -They are really pathetic. -We have to go.
  • -And they're scared, and they're on defense.
  • -Alright, we got to go. Thank you for dropping in.
  • Great to see you.
  • -Oh, my God, Rudy!
  • Rudy did not want that interview to end.
  • [ As Giuliani ] Please don't send me back to the home!
  • The nurses are mean to me!
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Also, only a Fox anchor
  • would express shock and disappointment
  • at making another headline.
  • You just got the president's personal lawyer
  • to say that he might invoke executive privilege
  • if asked about a foreign trip to dig up dirt on
  • a political opponent to meddle in a presidential campaign.
  • Meaning, he's discussed that plan with the president himself.
  • Fox anchors react to news like when your 5-year-old admits
  • too much when you get to a birthday party.
  • We're late because we stopped at the store with bottles
  • to buy some daddy juice.
  • Alright. That's --
  • That's enough. That's not for them to know.
  • But this is what it's like inside the bubble --
  • whether it's cheating at golf or cheating at politics,
  • when these guys are in their own little world,
  • they operate by their own rules.
  • That's why Trump has so much affection for strongmen.
  • He thinks he's above the law, or as fox news would put it,
  • he's... -A little bit controversial,
  • but that's okay.
  • -This has been "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • ♪♪

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