Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles President Trump

Stephen Colbert wonders why Trump is going to rub elbows with the globalists in Davos, and Melania isn't

America is about 239 pounds lighter, because President Trump is on his way to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. Davos is a meeting of the global elite, "a bunch of fancy people who think you can solve the world's problems at an unlimited fondue bar," Colbert said. "Basically, it's what Lex Luthor would point his space laser at."

"Trump's entire campaign for president was against globalization and the world's elites, so why is he going?" Colbert asked. Apparently, French President Emmanuel Macron talked him into going. "Macron is clearly just trying to embarrass Trump here, right?" Colbert asked, breaking out a Macron impersonation. Lots of Trump's retinue is going to Davos with him, but first lady Melania Trump backed out at the last minute, citing "scheduling and logistical issues." "Yes, there were logistical issues, for instance, the weather," Colbert said slyly. "She was afraid it was going to be too stormy."

"It's another day, so there's another story of sexual harassment," Colbert said, pointing to Rep. Pat Meehan's (R-Pa.) recently disclosed unwanted romantic advances on an aide decades younger than him and settlement paid with thousands of taxpayer dollars. Meehan told his side of the story, saying he called the aide his "soul mate," but never tried to act on his romantic feelings; felt invited to share his feelings because they were sharing ice cream after work; and tried to patch things up with a weirdly personal letter. "Then it gets weird," Colbert said. Anyway, now Meehan is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, "which has included such diehard crusaders against harassment as Congressman Pat Meehan," Colbert said. "'Wait, I was supposed to be fighting sexual harassment in Congress? Well, do I have a funny story for you.'" Watch below. Peter Weber