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
9 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. Richard

    This is either a bitter irony for the Tea Party or a sweet irony for the Democrats! I mean, come on, doesn't Trump epitomize the true thoughts of the right? And now McCain is saying that this guy isn't really one of us!!! Are you serious? Trump makes the perfect candidate (for the Democrats).

    May 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Tom

    Can this guy be any more of a pompous bloated toad? Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple. Good luck Republicans...quite a field you are putting together.

    May 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Post American

    What a sad pathetic and thin skinned SOB!

    May 1, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Dennis

    President Obama showed Donald Trump the downside of saying anything to get attention. Can you say "One hitta' quitta'"!!!! LMBO!!!!!!! And the look on Trump's face is PRICELESS!!!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. OH YEAH?

    If he thought the affair was "inappropriate", then why did Trump attend????

    May 1, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Chris

    Another one who can dish it out, but can't take it. Trumps being attacking Obama relentlessly for weeks. But if someone pokes fun at him, then it is "inappropriate."

    May 1, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Brannon

    AWWW...Trump can dish it but cant take

    May 1, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. lisaj

    Mr. Obama just showed that Trump is a MAJOR threat! If Trump decides to run for President, my instincts are telling me that the "Washington Conventional Wisdom" will be proven wrong! And I agree with Trump–the country isn't laughing!

    May 1, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Alberto Enriquez

    Wow. What a whiner. Joke after joke after joke? And how many WEEKS had he been flogging that birther nonsense? The self-styled tough guy can dish it out, but he sure can't take it.
    Memo to the RNC: lies, profanity, distractions, racism and bluster aren't attractive platforms. We have real problems that need real solutions, not fear mongering. As you clearly haven't a clue how to lead––please get out of the way.

    May 1, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Bryan H.

    I personally would like to think that our international diplomacy (at least when dealing with representatives of foreign countries) doesn't devolve into a slur of profanities, but at least we know exactly what Trump will be doing if he does get his chance to "negotiate."

    May 1, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. obama Girl

    look-by the time goverment agencies look into Trump's business dealings, mafia run casinos, all his ex-wives, all the times his been sued. Trump going to be sent home with his panties down!!! What a joke!!!. Go for it!! Trump. continue to shame the rep. party, making them look even stupider..fine with me!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Common Sense

    Funny how Trump can dish it out everytime he has a chance but when confronted with jokes of how stupid he he has a problem? Right!!! Get over Trump cause the Obama dumped on you hard last nite....quite amazing I think!!! The whole room were laughing you....

    May 1, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Name king

    Trump trump trump, I am sooooo sorry for you. After month of demogogging this president, I feel sad for you because making fun of your hair hurt you that bad, GET OVER IT!

    May 1, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. CC

    I bid NO Trump

    May 1, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. rigo

    says the guy that filed for bankruptcy before. If he were a huge success with what he does we would have the worlds richest guy. But he doesnt even have 10 billion. Trump for president would mean the USA would file for bankruptcy. What a clown

    May 1, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Dump Trump

    What? The Donald can dish it out but he can't take it. Time to get out of the kitchen and pay attention to your celebrity reality show ratings! Go back to your room before you start looking like Caribou Ken.

    May 1, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. professorcastillo

    Donald Trump is the world's loudest dog whistle for stupid people. This is really funny.

    May 1, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    oh WAAAH, Trump can dish it out but can't take it. This is totally funny. And people want a guy this thin skinned to be their POTUS?? Heck Obama gets barbs worse than this daily right here on Politcal Ticker less known on FoxNews and the right wing talk shows. Trump should do like Palin and not show up for these type of things since like her he has no problem dishing dirt but can't handle it being thrown back at him even though in jest.

    May 1, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Trump is real republican his failures he blame others and he credit himself for which he didn’t do

    Last night was great
    Seth Meyers 2008 Obama joke and Mitt Romney Las Vegas (apology )joke, MSNBC Kool Aid joke
    Whole thing was good

    Trump Didn’t have any reaction on his face that mean he doesn’t know the meaning for Jokes

    May 1, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. obama Girl

    The same people that lied to Palin are the same people lying to Trump!!.

    May 1, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. OneMoreTime

    So, Trump still doesn't get it, does he. " there anyone else they can talk about?" Well, yes, but he put himself out
    there with his silly mouth, it was too good to pass up. He was the butt of so many jokes because he has shown
    the world what a "butt" he really is. He deserved everything said, and then some. His whining just adds to the fun.
    He wants everything to be about him, so a lot was about him last night and he can't take it. What a wimp!

    May 1, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. jokerster

    Trump if you are running for office, one thing you have to learn, getting a little more thick know ,if you were there last night, you know from the past what was going to happen, you are the one who opened mouth and insterted both feet many times...have 2 words for you Trump...."SHUT UP!!!!"

    CNN I think if you stop covering every word and all the things that he does, maybe, just maybe, he will GO AWAY!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Al

    Trump is a wussy!

    May 1, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. obama Girl

    The only reason Trump believes he can run for president is because his rich and white in America and that gives him all the requirements needed in his view and many sad!!!

    May 1, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. JimS.

    The most inappropriate thing is that Trump was even invited to begin with;

    May 1, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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