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The most memorable jokes from Trump's Gridiron dinner speech

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE on Saturday participated in the Gridiron Club dinner's long-standing tradition of presidential speeches filled with self-deprecating humor, flinging barbs at his own administration as well as the usual targets. 

Since its foundation in 1855, almost every president has attended the annual white tie dinner at least once during their administration. The club extends a standing invitation to the president every year.

The event is known for its roast-style speeches, skits and political comedy, with lawmakers and journalists going after one another throughout the dinner. 

All eyes were on Trump ahead of the event Saturday evening, with many wondering if the president — who frequently attacks the media and comedians who mock him — would be receptive to jokes at his own expense.

His speech didn't stray too far from his usual targets, with jokes that took aim at Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns This week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning MORE (D-Calif.), the media and some administration officials. 

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But the president was also the butt of a few of his own jokes, as were members of his family.

Here are Trump's most memorable punchlines from his debut at the Gridiron dinner: 

 

Trump quips he was late because Kushner couldn't get through security

In light of Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNew Kushner group aims to promote relations between Arab states, Israel Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Iran moves closer to a diplomatic breakthrough that may upset Israel MORE having his security clearance downgraded, Trump joked about the matter, saying he was late “because Jared couldn’t get through security.”

“Ivanka, you’ve got to do something!” Trump said, according to White House pool reports, referring to Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMelinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot MORE, his daughter and Kushner's wife.

 

Trump asks who will leave White House next: Stephen Miller or Melania? 

Trump's joke about White House turnover comes days after communications director Hope Hicks announced her departure from the administration. 

"So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s invigorating since you want turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Who’s going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller, or Melania?" Trump said, according to White House pool reports. 

"That’s terrible. But you love me right, honey? She said, behave! By the way she has been an incredible first lady."

Early this year, Trump's relationship with first lady Melania Trump was thrust into the spotlight when reports emerged that former adult-film star Stormy Daniels had an extramarital sexual encounter with Trump early on in his marriage to the first lady. 

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Trump later added that Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE is having a good time in the White House and joked, "she can finally claim me as an adult dependent."

 

The dig at the media that also hit Bannon

Trump, who frequently hits the news media over its coverage of his presidency, mocked a number of news outlets during his speech.
 
According to a White House pool report, he also took aim at former adviser Stephen Bannon, joking that CNN had lost its "very best reporter" in Bannon.
 
“That guy leaked more than the Titanic,” Trump said of his former chief strategist, who he criticized for speaking to "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff. 
 

Trump jokes that Pence is just waiting for his impeachment

"Lately [Pence is] showing a particularly keen interest in the news these days. He wakes up every morning and asks, 'has he been impeached yet?' I don’t like that," Trump joked of his vice president.

He also called Pence his "apprentice" in reference to the reality television show Trump used to host.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the ongoing Russia investigation, and appeared to double down on that claim on Saturday.

"You can’t be impeached when there’s no crime," he said. "Put that down!"

 

Trump suggests Tillerson should "smoke a peace pipe" with North Koreans

Trump shared his unofficial plans for de-escalating tensions with North Korea, saying he and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE should smoke a "peace pipe" with the country.
 
He also announced during his speech that he was willing to meet with North Korean leaders.
 
"I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won't. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem not mine," Trump said. 
 

Trump jokes he offered Sessions a ride to the event but he recused himself

Trump has both publicly and privately expressed his frustration over Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE recusing himself from the investigation into Russia's election interference. Now, Trump is joking about it too.

“I offered him a ride over and he recused himself,” Trump said, according to a White House press pool report.

 

Trump compares being president to hosting "The Apprentice"
 
"In one job I had to manage a cutthroat cast of characters, desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their roles and their jobs and each week afraid of having their asses fired, and the other job I was the host of a smash television hit," Trump reportedly joked.
 
Many have criticized Trump's choice of advisers and Cabinet members for their pasts in business or other fields rather than politics.