'Very unfair': Trump warns of 'retribution' against SNL after latest skit
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'Very unfair': Trump warns of 'retribution' against SNL after latest skit

US President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at Saturday Night Live, suggesting that there should be a price to pay by TV networks for delivering such scathing satire.

"Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!" Trump wrote on Sunday morning.

On Saturday's show, SNL opened with a sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump and mocking the President's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the southern border.

The skit skewered Trump's Rose Garden announcement on Friday as a meandering series of pronouncements.

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"We need wall, because wall works. Wall makes safe. You don't have to be smart to understand that, and in fact it's even easier to understand if you're not that smart."

This was the seventh tweet that Trump has sent out blasting Saturday Night Live since he hosted the show in November 2015 in the midst of his presidential campaign. But he's lately been suggesting that some sort of legal action should be taken against NBC.

"A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can't be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?" he wrote on December 16.

Some presidents have taken Saturday Night Live with good humour.

President George H.W. Bush invited Dana Carvey to the White House after Carvey impersonated him on the show during the 1992 presidential campaign.

In 1976, Gerald Ford all but embraced Chevy Chase's portrayal of him as a klutz by inviting the comedian to the White House and even doing a cameo on SNL.

Elsewhere on Saturday's episode, first-time host Don Cheadle delivered some pointed political messages that earned praise from viewers online.

The actor sported a T-shirt that said "Protect Trans Kids" as he introduced musical guest Gary Clark jnr.

And in closing Saturday's show, Cheadle wore a jersey with the former Soviet Union's initials on the front, while the back bore the name "Trump" and the number 45.

Reuters, AP, with staff writers

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