Stephen Colbert Calls Trump's Cabinet Meeting a 'Strokefest for an Emotionally Frail Man'

Stephen Colbert on Trump cabinet meeting
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The bizarre soap opera that is Donald Trump’s presidency gave us another doozy of an episode Monday: Trump held his first full cabinet meeting, in which his trusted advisers each took turns to fawn over the president and fall over themselves trying to outdo each other.

“Honestly, this is next-level weird,” said Stephen Colbert on Monday’s episode of The Late Show on CBS. He is not wrong. Take, for instance, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanking Trump for “giving us the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda,” as if in the middle of a church sermon.

Like the rest of the world, Colbert was incredulous that a roomful of grown men and women—“Some of them are billionaires,” he pointed out—were “happy to have their leashes yanked as the cameras roll for the dear leader.”

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Trump’s first full cabinet meeting was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, who said serving Trump was the “greatest privilege of my life.”

The excessive adulation prompted Colbert to joke, “I did not know Trump has such a strict please-check-your-balls-at-the-door policy.”

“This is an unprecedented public strokefest for an emotionally frail man,” he added.

But there was one person who planted their lips more firmly on Trump’s presidential posterior than anyone else, said Colbert, it was Trump himself.

The president opened the meeting by praising his own successes and immediately contradicting himself. “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions—the case of FDR, he had a major Depression to handle–who has passed more legislation, who has done more things than what we’ve done.”

In response, Colbert joked: “Mr. President, don’t sell yourself short: Since you got elected many people have a major depression to handle.”