The Writers at SNL had plenty of material to work with over the past week.
Feeding off the widespread impression among many Trump administration critics that Trump lacks knowledge of foreign affairs and relies too much on his chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has been given too much influence and access in the White House.
As usual, Steve Bannon is dressed as the Grim Reaper and talks with a Darth Vader-like voice.
Trump complains: “I’ve had a long day, I’m tired and cranky and feel like I could freak out on somebody,” Trump says.
“Then maybe you should call Australia,” Bannon suggests.
Trump is not sure, says he has not been briefed on what to say, but quickly says: “What could go wrong?” The president calls.
“Hello. Prime Minister Turnbull,” the prime minister answers.
Trump: “Yes, hello it’s the Donald.”
Turnbull: “President Trump how are you? I hear there’s been a lot of blowback over your Muslim ban.”
Trump: “No there wasn’t. Everyone loves it but we had to do it because of that huge massacre at Bowling Green.”
Turnbull: “Never heard of that one”.
Eventually the prime minister thanks the president “for still accepting our refugees”. The president is shocked.
Trump: “No, no, no. No refugees. America first. Australia sucks. Your reef is failing. Prepare to go to war.”
Trump abruptly hangs up on the prime minister.
The president then looks confused and asks Bannon if the call was a bad one.
Bannon: “No. It went just according to plan.”
Trump then calls Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and fails to trick him into paying for their multi-billion dollar border war and then calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel but it ends abruptly when she corrects Trump for pronouncing her name wrong.
“Germany sucks. Your wall failed. Prepare to go to war,” Trump tells Merkel.
Bannon then suggests Trump call a smaller country and the president chooses Zimbabwe, but the leader of the African country abuses him and taunts: “You think you’re a dictator?”
The skit ends with Bannon asking the president: “Can I have my desk back?” Trump tells Bannon: “Yes of course Mr President. I’ll go and sit at my desk.”
Trump walks to a child’s desk next to the main desk in the Oval Office and joyfully plays with a toy.