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Trump Administration Sings 'Hallelujah' for 'SNL's' Season Finale

"I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong," Baldwin's Trump said

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    In a quieter "Saturday Night Live" cold open, SNL's Trump administration serenaded the audience with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" ballad.

    Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump was seated at the piano in a reprising of the song Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton performed on "SNL" immediately following the election in November.

    But unlike the solo Clinton performance, Trump was not alone. He was accompanied by key members of his administration: Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Eric Trump (Alex Moffatt) and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day).

    Scarlett Johansson made a guest appearance as Ivanka Trump and Stephen Bannon was portrayed as the Grim Reaper. 

    "I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong," Baldwin's Trump said at the end of the song. "But I can't speak for these people."


    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted "SNL" for the fifth time, and was inaugurated into the "Five-Timers Club" with a black robe presented by Baldwin. In his opening monologue he followed up on comments he made to GQ earlier this month about the "real possibility" of a presidential run. 

    "Tonight I wanna put this to rest and just say once and for all: I'm in. Starting tonight, I am running for president of the United States," the actor joked.

    Johnson said he had never considered a run for the White House in the past, but now he's worried he's "too qualified" for the job.

    And his running mate? None other than fellow "SNL" five-timer Tom Hanks, who joined Johnson for the monologue. 

    "The truth is, America needs us," Hanks said. "No one can seem to agree on anything anymore, except for two things: pizza and us." 

    Johnson and Hanks plan to draw on their past movie roles to lead the country and win the hearts of the voters.

    "When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise," Johnson said seriously. "Americans deserve strong, capable leaders. Leaders who care about this country and care about its people." 

    The monologue ended with the unveiling of a Johnson-Hanks 2020 banner and red, white and blue confetti. 

    Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off "Weekend Update" with a familiar line.

    "I know I said this last week, but this week is crazy," Jost said. 

    In reviewing some of the breaking stories that were published this week about the administration, Jost said that Trump is not on the way out yet, but "Mike Pence is warming up in the bullpen." 

    "You're not a real politician," Che said about Trump. "You're a politician like Ja Rule is a festival organizer," referencing the rapper's failed attempt at creating the Fyre Festival.  

    Jost noted that Trump will be giving a speech during his time in Saudi Arabia about Islam. He said that Trump giving the speech is "like Mike Pence giving a toast at a gay wedding."

    The segment about the administration ended with a reel of "all the people Trump has lost this year" to Daniel Powter's "Bad Day." Included in the slideshow were pictures of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani and Sean Spicer, with the words "shhh, he doesn't know it yet."

    Katy Perry was the musical guest this week. She performed two songs, "Swish Swish" and "Bon Appetit."