Tillerson laughed out loud at 'SNL' skit

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE said he "laughed out loud" after his kids pointed out a "Saturday Night Live" skit featuring him with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tillerson was asked about the skit by CBS White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan, who noted that the secretary of State has had a long relationship with Putin. Brennan asked Tillerson if he'd seek the skit.

"I did. My kids pointed me to it," Tillerson replied.

"Did you laugh?" Brennan asked.

"Absolutely. Absolutely. I laughed out loud," the former Exxon Mobil CEO said.


Actor John Goodman played Tillerson in a Dec. 17 skit on the NBC comedy program, with Alec Baldwin playing his usual role as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE and "SNL" cast member Beck Bennett playing Putin.

The skit involves Tillerson going to Trump Tower to re-bond with Putin, whom his character refers to as "Pootie" while making oil deals on the fly as a confused Trump looks on.

“And then we destroy Vanity Fair, right?” asks Baldwin as Trump.

“Sure, buddy,” Goodman’s Tillerson says.

While Tillerson found the "SNL" skit funny, Trump has not expressed an appreciation for the work of the skit show, even though he hosted an episode during his presidential campaign in the fall of 2015.

Trump has called the show biased, criticized Baldwin's impression and said it is unwatchable.