Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles President Trump

Stephen Colbert knows what Trump did on his summer vacation, and thinks Putin is doing it better

On Friday, President Trump traveled to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to start a 17-day "working vacation." On Monday, The Late Show had a short slide show of the highlights so far.

Trump deserves a break, Stephen Colbert said. "He's there to relax after months of grueling golf Mar-a-Lago." But Trump insists it isn't a vacation, saying he will be busy working the whole time. "Meetings and calls?" Colbert said. "Wow, Trump has to do all that during his vacation? Man, I would not want to work for Vladimir Putin. Tough boss." Maybe it isn't so grueling, though, he said, playing leaked video of Trump taking a break from his golf game for a high-level meeting with a bridal party.

Putin is also on vacation, Colbert noted, taking two weeks off in Siberia to shoot fish with a speargun — "though he later claimed the fish was killed by Ukrainian separatists," Colbert joked, kind of darkly — and pose with his shirt off. "Man, those sanctions have already devastated the Russian shirt industry," he joked, conceding that Putin's vacation still looked more promising than Trump's: "I would love to go on a bro-down fishing trip with Vladimir Putin. I bet it would be so much fun I would never come back." Watch below. Peter Weber