Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel started 2018 with a bang, with his first monologue of the year taking President Donald Trump to task for his provocative tweets regarding North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.
Kimmel called out Trump's series of New Year Twitter posts, wherein the U.S. president mocked the North Korean dictator's statement that the nuclear button is on his desk at all times, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In one tweet, posted the evening of Jan. 2, Trump said, "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
The tweet has led some to call on Twitter to investigate whether Trump had violated the company's terms of service with his latest storm.
Kimmel however, was able to seize on the dark comedy of a sitting U.S. president engaging in a "mine is bigger" volley of insults with an unpredictable leader from another country in a rapidly accelerating war of words.
"Happy New Year, everybody!" he said during his first show of 2018. "We have two maniacs with nuclear warheads bragging about who has the bigger button."
Kimmel went on to note that Trump had tweeted eight times that same morning before 10 a.m., then sent a subsequent tweet that evening mocking the size and effectiveness of the North Korean leader's nuclear button.
"It's only January second," Kimmel noted at one point during his monologue. "I don't think I could take another year like last year. I might need to be put in one of those hyperbaric sleep chambers just like until 2020 or something," he said.
Kimmel also sought to set the record straight on a separate Trump tweet, in which the president seemed to take credit for the fact that there were no fatalities in commercial aviation during 2017. The report to which Trump was referring, however, related to commercial aviation around the globe.
"I don't know if he thinks he's president of the world now," joked Kimmel. "But if we're talking about the United States, it's true there were no deaths in commercial aviation in 2017. But do you know which other years also had no commercial aviation fatalities? 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 -- in fact, the last one was in 2009. So thank you, President Trump, for being so effective you actually went back in time to improve flight safety. What won't this man take credit for?"