Trump ribs staff, press and family at annual Gridiron Dinner

President Donald Trump headed back to Washington D.C. to attend the Gridiron dinner on Saturday night

Trump joked: "We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security".

On Steve Bannon: "That guy leaked more than the Titanic". And that's true. Obama used comedy to crush Trump for his birtherism claims and also his "credentials and breadth of experience", ridiculing Trump for having to make a tough decision on "The Apprentice" of whether to fire Meat Loaf, rapper Lil Jon or actor Gary Busey.

"I am accomplishing a lot in Washington and have never had a better time doing something, and especially since this is for the American People!" he added.

Trump spoke 32 minutes, longer than normal.At one point, a woman heckled Trump to "stop", and had to be shushed by tablemates.

The annual dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, now in its 133rd year, traces its history to 1885, when President Grover Cleveland refused to attend.

The Gridiron Dinner's reputation as a night of bipartisan mirth was evidenced by those who accepted invitations, including last year's headliner, Vice President Pence. The president, not a professional comedian, had some hits, but also drew silence with some cracks. Elizabeth Warren: "She said that Rex Tillerson and I should sit down with the leaders of Iran and North Korea and smoke a peace pipe".

Trump warmed up his for his debut at the annual Washington ritual by tweeting out an attack on the media.

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"Mainstream Media in U.S.is being mocked all over the world".

"If I've learned anything in the 14 months here in Washington, on the White House, it's that there's all sorts of malicious leaks" created to "hurt us", said Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro on Fox News Sunday, commenting on claims of mutiny over new proposed tariffs.

Referring to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, who was forced out past year and has threatened to write a tell-all book about her experience, Mr. Trump said, "Somehow, we're still doing great even without Omarosa". By Gridiron tradition, rebuttals came from one Republican, Sen. Landrieu also joked that he understands the loneliness of the of the presidency: "I understand lonely because I am a Democrat from the South".

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.

Dubbing his audience at the white-tie gala "really quality people", he noted that it had been "another calm week at the White House" - a week that saw the departure of Trump's confidant Hope Hicks and financial irregularities surrounding son-in-law Jared Kushner and the ongoing investigation into his campaign. "That is bad honey, but you love me, right?" "He wakes up every morning and asks, 'has he been impeached yet?' I don't like that", Trump joked. Even as an outspoken critic of Trump, I have to admit that he is good at one thing: Delivering jokes. He turned to his wife and said, "You love me?"

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

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