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Late Night Tackles President Trump

Seth Meyers finds a kernel of truth in Trump bragging about lying to Canada

President Trump had some goofy exchanges with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, but "it was at least a relief to see Trump making nice with an ally," Seth Meyers said on Thursday's Late Night. Audio surfaced on Thursday of Trump admitting to "outright lying to Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, about the U.S.'s trade relationship with Canada," Meyers said, playing the tape. Bragging about making up fake facts was bad, but "in fairness, 'I lied because I'm stupid' is the truest thing Trump has ever said," he added, with the quote actually more of a paraphrase.

"Trump's admission that he just makes stuff up comes amid an unprecedented level of turmoil in his White House," already not the most stable work environment, Meyers pointed out. Trump is remaking his Cabinet, one adviser said, because he's "finally realizing he is the president," and that's "terrifying," Meyers said. "That's like in Jurassic Park when the velociraptors figured out how to open doors." He ran through some of Trump's new picks, cable TV pundit Larry Kudlow and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo, then returned to the ousters. "If Trump really is firing people he doesn't like, that's very troubling — there's already speculation that he might try to fire [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller just as the Russia probe heats up," Meyers said, especially now that Mueller is going after Trump's business. He had two words for Mueller: Hurry up. Watch below. Peter Weber