Stephen Colbert Wants a Merit-Based Policy — for the Presidency

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Stephen Colbert said of President Trump, “Mr. President, wherever you are today, it isn’t because of merit.”

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A Merit-Based Presidency

President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to cut down on legal immigration to the United States. The approach would favor admitting immigrants based on the merit of each applicant, the White House said.

“Somewhere right now Hillary Clinton is like, ‘Oh, you think people should advance based on merit now? O.K., interesting.’” — TREVOR NOAH

“Mr. President, wherever you are today, it isn’t because of merit.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Trump and Putin on the Rocks

Jimmy Kimmel said the passage of sanctions against Russia is taking a toll on President Trump’s relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

“President Trump today signed a round of sanctions against Russia to punish Russia for making him win the election. He’s still very angry about that. The sanctions passed with an overwhelming majority in the House and the Senate, so Trump had to sign it. Vladimir Putin is not happy; in fact he changed their relationship status on Facebook today to ‘It’s complicated.’” — JIMMY KIMMEL

‘Bless Him, He’s Trying’

Video by Late Night With Seth Meyers

Mr. Trump has a new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who served as secretary of homeland security. Seth Meyers said the president is trying to make a strong first impression — but maybe he’s trying a little too hard.

“According to Axios, President Trump has been trying to impress his new White House chief of staff, John Kelly, by acting sharper in meetings and rattling off stats. So far none have been right, but bless him, he’s trying. ‘Dogs are boys and cats are girls. Dancing causes brain damage. The capital of Florida is Mar-a-Lago. Are you hearing this, John?’” — SETH MEYERS

The Punchiest Punchlines (Patriots Edition)

“A pair of New England Patriots players were kicked out of practice yesterday after getting into a fight during drills. Wow, even the New England Patriots hate the New England Patriots.” — SETH MEYERS

“This is incredible, it can get you…

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