After Donald Trump made some confusing comments about Sweden, Stephen Colbert did his best to get to the bottom of the president’s thinking on Monday’s episode of The Late Show.
During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump listed several European cities that have been attacked by terrorists in recent years, and then said, “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
“No one would believe that,” responded Colbert, who pointed out that no terrorist attack occurred in Sweden on Friday night. “Well, not no one, but maybe someone who skips their intelligence briefings.”
The president’s blunder was ridiculed, including by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, who tweeted, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?”
“What has he been smoking?” Colbert asked. “Uh, Vladimir Putin’s d—?” The quip was met with applause, and the host blew a kiss directly at the camera.
Trump later clarified that he was referring to a debunked report on Fox News about alleged violence perpetrated by refugees in Sweden. His comments prompted Colbert to speculate on what other things that Trump has learned from TV.
“Clearly, Trump believes everything he sees on TV is real, which would explain his next tweet, ‘America is a disaster! Our girls are broke! Our dead are walking! The pope’s too young! It’s a scandal! #shameless,'” Colbert joked. “All true. He’s right, we’ve got to do something about all that.”
The Late Show airs on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET.