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President Donald Trump pulled no punches in his gibe-filled remarks at the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday, joking about his top aides and opponents alike to the journalists and lawmakers in attendance.

On Steve Bannon: "That guy leaked more than the Titanic".

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On House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "She's insane, but she's a fine woman".

"Many people have asked me how my time as a reality TV star prepared me for the presidency, the truth is there's very little overlap between the two", he said.

He closed by saying: "I just want to say this, this is one of the best times I've had with the media - this might be the most fun I've had since watching your faces on Election Night".

Trump spoke 32 minutes, longer than normal.At one point, a woman heckled Trump to "stop", and had to be shushed by tablemates. Also accepting invitations were eight members of Trump's Cabinet, six senators, four House members, and presidential advisers and relatives Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the foundation said in a statement.

The Gridiron Club's annual dinner has been attended by most USA presidents as well as opposition leaders. The president, not a professional comedian, had some hits, but also drew silence with some cracks. He touched on global politics with regard to tensions on the Korean peninsula, saying that he would not rule out direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Just hours after Donald Trump tweeted "Mainstream media in [the] U.S.is being mocked all over the world".

Mr Trump has said that he would never have appointed Mr Sessions if he had known he was going to recuse himself from leading the investigation into possible Trump ties to Russian Federation. The White House said Trump has not yet decided whether to attend this year's correspondents dinner, which is in late April.

Rebuttals were scheduled from one Republican, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and one Democrat, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

In the end, Trump called reporters into a meeting with industry executives to say he would place 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports.

"So many people have been leaving the White House", Mr. Trump said tongue-in-cheek. This, of course, was a parody of the Supremes' "You Can' Hurry Love" that poked fun at Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Earlier in the week, Trump raised eyebrows by describing some local deputies who responded to the Parkland shooting as cowards, and claiming that he would have run into the high school building to try and stop the shooting, even without a weapon.

Gridiron President David Lightman, who cited the frequent friction between the president and the press, joked that he was surprised Trump chose to attend because it meant he "has to eat dinner at a hotel he doesn't own". By the way, I always knew, someday, you're going to fire her.

"Trump also brought up "talk" former Vice President Joe Biden, or as he put it, 'Sleepy Joe, ' might run for president in 2020".