Friday 21 June 2019

'Why would you give Donald Trump a book? Everyone knows the man doesn't read' - US late show hosts poke fun at Trump's visit to the UK

Queen Elizabeth II and Donald Trump as the president visited Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and Donald Trump as the president visited Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)
US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace (Jeff Gilbert/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Late night talk show hosts in the US mocked Donald Trump's visit to the UK, suggesting the Queen was "trolling" the president with her choice of a book as a gift.

Mr Trump's much-awaited and controversial visit to London saw him spend the day at Buckingham Palace, having lunch with senior royals.

Late night talk show hosts in the US mocked Donald Trump’s visit to the UK (Jeff Gilbert/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Late night talk show hosts in the US mocked Donald Trump’s visit to the UK (Jeff Gilbert/Daily Telegraph/PA)
First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during a Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace (Toby Melville/PA)

The president, known for his bombastic and often unorthodox style, took the time to tweet his thanks to his hosts, saying they had been "fantastic".

However, Mr Trump, a favourite target of the late night hosts in his home country, was once again made a figure of fun on Monday evening.

Stephen Colbert opened his The Late Show by discussing the Queen's present to the president, which was a first edition of The Second World War by Winston Churchill.

Speaking in his mock Trump voice, Colbert said: "Look, thank you so much, but don't tell me how it ends, all right. I really like that German Charlie Chaplin who invented the high five."

He also said Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, had "no business" being on the trip.

Colbert's late night colleague, Trevor Noah, opened his Daily Show by poking fun at the president and the Queen's choice of present.

He said: "That's right, the Queen's gift to Donald Trump was a book. Either she doesn't know Trump or she's trolling him.

"Why would you give Donald Trump a book? Everyone knows the man doesn't read."

First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during a Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace (Toby Melville/PA)
First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during a Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace (Toby Melville/PA)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour Westminster Abbey as part of their UK state visit. Photo: REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Queen Elizabeth with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania. Photo: REUTERS
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is seen in Buckingham Palace during the state visit of U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Britain, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (second left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (2nd left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Simon Dawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (second left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Simon Dawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) meets with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she officially welcomes US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall smile as they watch an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump watch an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Noah then compared giving Mr Trump a book to "giving Stevie Wonder a fish tank".

Noah later compared Mr Trump to Boris Johnson, putting a side-by-side picture of them up and saying: "I've never seen two people who both look like failed clones of each other."

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) stands with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) as they listen to the US national anthem during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) stands with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) as they listen to the US national anthem during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) talks with US President Donald Trump (R) during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire

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