Trump jokes about media, Korea, himself at Gridiron Dinner

Trump's trip back to the White House comes after he spent his 100th day at one of his four golf clubs since taking office in January 2017

Per tradition, the Gridiron Club dinner also featured speakers from both political parties. It wasn't broadcast but the reviews were mixed.

"He's now president for life".

Trump skipped last year's Gridiron Club Dinner, but told attendees on Saturday that he wanted to be there to "ruin your evening in person", USA Today said.

"The White House is actually a warm, loving, and wonderful place", he said. "Put that down!" Trump remarked. "I told them not to worry". But for a president who rarely provides the country with laughs - and who opted out of attending both dinners a year ago - the spotlight on his jokes at the dinner was all the brighter.

"I offered him a ride over and he recused himself", Trump said. "She can finally claim me as an adult dependent", he said. "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday", CNN quote him as saying. They've lost a tremendous amount of credibility this year.

On former chief strategist Steven Bannon: "That guy leaked more than the Titanic".

Mulling over who the White House might next bid adieu to, Mr. Trump joked about whether it might be his own wife Melania.

The president also referred to the numerous staff departures from the White House during his first year in office.

"So many people have been leaving the White House". I like chaos. It is really good. Now the question everybody keeps asking is, 'Who is going to be the next to leave? "Steve Miller, or Melania?"

"We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security", the president told the crowd.

But the president also used the occasion to deliver some serious remarks about North Korea.

"I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won't". But, he quipped that it was Kim who faced "the risk of dealing with a madman".

Umm, I hope that was a joke.

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"Orrin said that 'Donald Trump is the best at self-deprecation in the history of America. We will be meeting and we'll see if anything positive happens", the president said.

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He joked about Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, with whom he's been locked into a public feud over his top lawyer's decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Donald Trump traded playful digs with the Washington press corps late Saturday at an annual gathering of politicians and members of the media, which the USA president normally loves to hate.

Saturday was a rare appearance for the President, who has avoided events in the past where he might mingle with the media or Washington establishment. Active membership is limited to 65 Washington-based journalists.

President Trump shrugged off the latest staff resignations in the West Wing Saturday night with a big dose of humor, calling it "another calm week at the White House".

Trump saved some of his edgier jokes for Democrats. "And I say - and I get in trouble for this - 'She has to immediately take an IQ test, ' and people go insane".

You may recall that Trump "challenged" Secretary of State Tillerson to an IQ test.

He then attempted to fix any inference that the first lady might leave him by praising her for the job she's done and by saying "she's actually having a great time".

In the face of criticism that other countries would retaliate with their own tariffs on American goods, raising prices for all consumers, Trump triggered another kerfuffle with a Friday tweet saying that trade wars are "good" and "easy to win". Every president since has come to at least one Gridiron dinner.

It's really hard to judge these things without watching the clip, which likely won't be forthcoming here.

"After all, you the New York Times are an icon". He's going to be president? Many have had excellent comic timing.

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