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Posted: December 02, 2018

'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Trump returns, confronts Putin, Saudi crown prince in cold open

What You Need to Know: Alec Baldwin

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

About a month after his arrest on assault and harassment charges in connection with a New York parking dispute, Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise his role as President Donald Trump in this week's cold open.

>> Watch the full segment here (WARNING: Profanity.)

The sketch, set at the Park Hyatt hotel amid meetings at the G-20 summit in Argentina, kicked off with a jab at first lady Melania Trump's (Cecily Strong) holiday decor.

"Donald, come to bed," Strong's Melania said to Baldwin's restless Trump.

"Melania, I'm having trouble sleeping," he replied. "I keep having this nightmare where I'm walking through a forest of blood."

"No, no, that was just my Christmas decorations," quipped Strong, making fun of the first lady's red Christmas trees.

Baldwin's Trump also took aim at the real Trump's controversial comments about nationalism, musing, "You've gotta face all of those European leaders again. They just hate me because I'm a nationalist. I mean, what did nationalism ever do to Europe?"

The fake Trump then chatted with Kate McKinnon's batlike version of Rudy Giuliani ("I was hanging upside-down under the balcony," she joked after startling Baldwin's Trump) and called a beleaguered Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), Trump’s former personal attorney.

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"Michael Cohen speaking. I'll tell you anything you want," Stiller, playing Cohen, answered the phone.

"I'm sad you're going to prison, Michael. You were like a son to me," Baldwin's Trump lamented later in the call.

"Then why'd you make me do so much illegal stuff?" Stiller responded.

"Because you were like a son to me," Baldwin said.

After hanging up, the Trump character also made a reference to Baldwin's arrest, saying, "God, I haven't been this upset since I flipped out over that parking space."

Next, a secret handshake-sharing Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Fred Armisen) flaunted their friendship in front of Baldwin's Trump, who was obviously jealous.

"I thought I was your No. 1," Baldwin-as-Trump complained to Bennett's Putin.

"Oh, totally. You're not my side piece. You're like my main girlfriend," Bennett said before he and Armisen cracked a few jokes at Trump's expense.

The sketch ended with the actors returning to the stage to perform a parody of the song "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from the musical "Evita."

"It's just a witch hunt, and we're all witches," they sang.

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Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" in this Aug. 24, 2017, file photo.

 
 
 

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