Alec Baldwin's Trump was back on "SNL" Saturday night, spending the cold open dealing with a harried Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson (surprise guest John Goodman), worried wife Melania (Cecily Strong) and a shirtless, flattering visitor from afar — Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett).
After Putin sets Trump up with an Elf on the Shelf that will spy on Oval Office goings-on, Trump blows off reports that Russia hacked the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. He admits he trusts Putin even more than the CIA. "All I know is I won," he declares, to Putin's delight.
Putin then heaps praise on Trump, stating, "We think you are the best candidate, the smartest candidate, the Manchurian candidate," referring to the Cold War novel and films about a presidential candidate secretly brainwashed by Russia.
The skit even touches on Trump's surprise meeting with troubled rapper Kanye West last week. While Tillerson and Putin discuss opportunities to cash in on oil reserves, Trump chimes in, "Speaking of black and crude, I know Kanye. He came here, he's using my colorist now, he just says whatever he feels — he's like me, but a black."