Trump finds White House dinner ‘inappropriate’
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner in Washington DC, April 30, 2011.
May 1st, 2011
02:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump finds White House dinner ‘inappropriate’

Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump reacted to the onslaught of jokes about him by President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner Saturday with his own view of the events.

“You get to a certain level and you rise to a certain level, let’s say in this case in the polls and boy, does the world come after you,” Trump, a potential 2012 candidate, said on "Fox and Friends" Sunday.


At the event, Obama made light of Trump’s repeated calls for him to release his birth certificate, something he did Wednesday, and Meyers made fun of everything from his hair to his presidential ambition. Although Trump appeared unamused during Saturday’s dinner, he said he was honored “in a certain way” to be a focal point.

“I really knew what I was getting into last night. I had no idea it would be to that extent where, you know just joke after joke after joke,” the mogul said. “It was almost like, is there anyone else they can talk about?”

He also found the event “inappropriate in certain respects” and spent the evening thinking about how “the American people are really suffering and we’re all having a good time.”

And what was his assessment of Meyers’ comedic timing?

“His (Meyers) delivery was not good. He’s a stutterer and he really was having a hard time,” Trump said of the “Saturday Night Live” star.

When asked about a recent profanity-laced speech in Las Vegas Wednesday Trump said he probably won’t use that language anymore, but that it pales in comparison to the rhetoric in “real negotiations.”

“When people see the real negotiation, the real negotiation that will go on with China and that will go on with OPEC and others, this is very mild compared to what happens in a real room,” Trump said. “The problem is we don’t have a real room because we don’t have anybody that knows how to negotiate.”

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Rick in AZ

    Trump was thumped

    May 1, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Richard

    Inappropriate?? I'd say!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Chris

    He was exposed for the joke he is. How can this man expect to lead in the public and have such thin skin. As for his language, that is inappropriate. You especially don't swear or act like a child in real negotiations. The more I see of Trump the more I realize he is a bully. He brow beats people he thinks he can take advantage of. He can't go face to face with someone smarter or stronger. The real Trump has been exposed. Bully!

    May 1, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. they call me "tater salad"

    Oh did poor little "trust fund" Trump get his wittle feewings hurt?.........Quick, someone get Captain comb-over a tissue before he throws a total hissy fit and files for a fourth bankruptcy! Hey Donny, just because you're good at being President of your own fan club doesn't mean you can handle being President of MY country so sit down dry your eyes and STFU!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Karen

    For such a wildly successful guy, as the Donald constantly reminds us that he is, as well as one who has 'risen to a certain level" (above what he does not say) Mr. Trump is certainly thin-skinned. No, Seth Meyers is not very funny at all because the man who hosts a reality TV show and has declared bankrupcy 4 times has said so and would know. Indeed, it was Meyers' stuttering and lack of comic timing that got him the White House Correspondence dinner gig and that whole SNL thing in order to fill an ADA quota.

    May 1, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. OneMoreTime

    And, as for "The American people are really suffering and we're all having a good time". Well. first, stay home and
    secondly, nothing that was done or said last night compares to George W. Bush making jokes about looking for
    WMDs, while our American soldiers were dying in two wars he started, on the lies that there were WMDs. So,
    Trump, go help some of these suffering people, I am sure they would appreciate it alot more than your constant
    insults thrown at President Obama.

    May 1, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. duckbutter

    a honest politian ... i would vote for trump....

    May 1, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. JacklynD

    Tsk Tsk Tsk Mr. Trump. The jokes about your buffoonery are only funny if they have a ring of truth in them.

    May 1, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Seth Meyers was nasty and certainly not funny for. I will never watch him on SNL again

    May 1, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. diridi

    this dude is an idiot....Bush, Reagan dinner no comment, while Obama questionable, shame..

    May 1, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. America Shrugged

    Awww Donald, Donald, Donald.... You can't be this thin skinned and expect to be the POTUS. Of course we all know you aren't really serious about running, and all those people roasting you last night knew it too. Lighten up. You brought a lot of it on yourself.

    May 1, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. David

    ...but he finds veiled racism as appropriate.

    May 1, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Jacklean Davis

    Oh really Mr. Trump, I find it interesting how you think that only your poor taste in style and rants are appropriate. When the shoe is on the other foot wear it, because Mr. Trump you can make out to be defounded as to why President Obama would use this occasion to put you in your place. But Mr. Trump this was an annual gala for the news media which I've noticed that Mr. Trump never miss an opportunity to boost his ego to self promote himself. How for the pass month, Mr. Trump has done the following:

    1. Racism : He has given a large portion of the Republician party, in particularly older white americans who will never accept the first black man being the President to show their hatre towards blacks and other people of color in this great country.

    2. Hostage : The Republican machine and supporters say it's about less government but lets be clear. I find it interesting that most if not all of these people [ and family members] collected and used some form of Medicad/Medicare, Soical Security, and Planned Parenthood. See how it would feel when your checks are stooped and women no longer can get apporpriate monthly and yearly medical screenings.

    3. Bulliness: Mr. Bush tried to bully the world and where did it get us. Oh, Mr. Trump is just going to take something from another country and don't expect a fight. How dangerous is this man?.

    4. Common sense: When is being a dumb person the expected normarcy in this country [ i.e. Palin and Trump]

    Apparently, Mr. Trump you believe that the President had no right to put you in your place. Sorry, Mr. Trump your are not only sadly mistakened but stupid. I would have done the same which was to give you all the time in the world and just pick the right place and time to " sock' it to you" but President Obama did it with class which Mr. Trump it appears you lack on seceral levels.

    May 1, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Name B. Kawar

    I am not sure if Mr. Trump is familiar with the old saying " Talk softly and carry a big stick" but I am sure he has neither!

    Embarrassed Republican!

    May 1, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    But Trump, YOU are a "joke after joke after joke"!

    Trump/Palin 2012!

    Lord, hear my prayer.

    May 1, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Indy

    Trump can take full credit when the rest of the world laughs at the US, they are really laughing at people like Trump who are clueless om how the real world operates.When Americans are suffering financially Trump lands his helicopter and fifty body guards to take him to his limo so he can speak to fifty people in New Hampshire, pretty ignorant for someone who has been bankrupt a handful of times.

    May 1, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Betelmann

    The way Trump leads his own life is inappropriate.

    May 1, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. ElisabethinCA

    “His (Meyers) delivery was not good. He’s a stutterer and he really was having a hard time,” Trump said of the “Saturday Night Live” star.
    Give me a break. Anytime that anybody even comes close to criticizing The Donald he turns around and completely trashes them. John Kind interviewed Trump and said something he didn't like so Trump told him he his show isn't very good and has terrible ratings. So Trump can trash anybody he wants, but when someone calls him on his BS he goes overboard. What a baby. I don't have a problem w/ him not like Obama; everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but grow up and quit being such a little baby about everything. If some world leader decided to say something Trump didn't like, we would be in a nuclear war before we knew it

    May 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. angelou

    What a looser. If you have to resort to vulgarity to negotiate on anything then you don't know what you are doing. You are FIRED!

    May 1, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. B

    Trump is made to look like what he is, an arrogant fool ,and deserved all of the attention that he asked for-

    A larger concern should be the quality of people showing up as potential Presidential candidates this time.
    Are these people representative of the best this country can put forth for the leader of the free world?

    Sad prospect..

    May 1, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Sean Russell

    Ha Ha. Trump was a joke before, and he's an even bigger joke now. If he thinks it's so inappropriate- why did he show up? He keeps his name in the news everyday with his moronic theories; then he gets his feelings hurt when people joke about him. He's a just another whiny loudmouth. Should fit right in with the GOP.

    May 1, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Sanity

    Can dish it out, but can't take it. Typical.

    May 1, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Dan

    This (Trump) react is the very deal (economic transformation) U.S. needs-Give us the good-bad-mature (nasty) but be honest. Trump ticket will font fat Cat leadership that creates jobs i.e., financial stability for change. His counter demonstrated honest normal human feeling skill sets. Truth is known-He will out score most all past Presidents with smart negotiation skills. Mr. Trump owns respect-expects respect and gives it with a bang. You can see how his business turned out. Moreover, it appears genuine considering how his (adult) children all seem very kind-calm and respectful. There is reason why the other side can no longer play hide and seek games-let the knocking down begin in earnest...We Americans warrant apposite ‘change’ & must covet rational (no games) selection this next time around. Viva La Trump.

    May 1, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Clwyd

    The truth hurts Donald. I'm surprised nobody brought up the fact you've gone bankrupt three times and are thinking of running this country? Into the ground!

    May 1, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. David c.

    Sometimes the smallest of creatures have the largest opinion of themselves.

    May 1, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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