Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump attended the glamorous White House Correspondents’ Association address on Saturday evening, along with their wives Vanessa and Lara. At the big event, President Obama took some much-anticipated jabs at GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who declined an invitation to the event, by asking if the candidate had better things to do like sit at home eating Trump steaks. In response to the playful jokes, Eric Trump says that it was all in good fun and that his father will ultimately get the last laugh when he gives the address as President Trump next year.
The Daily Mail reports that Eric Trump is taking President Barack Obama’s playful jabs at his father all in good stride. Eric Trump attended the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner with his wife Lara. While speaking to press on the red carpet before the big event, Lara Trump noted that she would be “shocked” if her father-in-law was not the subject of at least a few jokes presented by Obama during the dinner.
President Obama did not disappoint. To start in on Trump, Obama began by noting that “a free press is central to our democracy and… Nah, I’m just kidding. You know I’m gonna talk about Trump!” The POTUS then questioned why the businessman didn’t accept his invite to the dinner asking what he could possibly be doing instead.
“Although I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time. And it is surprising. We have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras and he says ‘no.’ Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 1, 2016
The joke took a jab at the “failed” Trump Steak business that was once touted as “the world’s greatest steaks” by the business mogul. Though the Trump Steaks are no longer sold at Sharper Image or QVC, a Donald Trump spokesperson notes that patrons can still purchase the steaks from Trump clubs and property. While the business is “small” according to the spokesperson, she says it is still successful and part of the Trump brand.
“It is a very small, but successful business. The meat is purchased from different locationally convenient purveyors and is always of the highest quality.”
However, instead of branded Trump Steaks like the ones once packaged for Sharper Image in a case containing two filet mignons, two bone-in rib-eyes and 12 burgers for $199, the steaks are now simply just cuts of meat sold on Trump property that have been selected as highest quality without any Trump branding on the package. In other words, Trump Steaks are simply steaks served at Trump clubs.
Obama also made light of the “credentials” that he feels Donald Trump would bring to the table as president, noting his experience on Celebrity Apprentice will likely come in handy.
“Just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice, at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around, but you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership, and so ultimately you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meat Loaf, you fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled. Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House.”
Despite the attacks, Eric Trump says it was all in good fun and that he is capable at laughing at jokes about his father. In fact, he says that his father has no problem making fun of himself and that they were ready for the jokes.
“If there’s anyone that can make fun of ourselves, it’s my father, it’s me, it’s our family. That’s what we are. We’re ready. We realize it’s all in good fun and we can dish it out and we can take it.”
However, Eric did leave a little word of warning for Obama, noting that the president should be prepared for his father to dish it out next year.
What do you think about President Obama’s Donald Trump jokes? Did the jokes live up to his past White House Correspondents’ Association addresses?
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