House Speaker Paul Ryan made fun of a lot of people at Thursday’s Al Smith dinner, including himself, but he saved the best of his lighthearted barbs for President Trump.
“Enough with the applause, alright. You sound like the cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the room,” he told the crowd of about 815 at the Hilton in Midtown.
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sat near each other. De Blasio got a smattering of boos when he was introduced.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many New York liberals, this many Wall Street CEOs in one room since my last visit to the White House,” Ryan joked.
The 72nd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner was hosted by New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan and emceed by actress Patricia Heaton.
Ryan also noted Trump’s social media use, “Every morning when I get to my office I scroll Twitter to see which tweets that I’ll have to pretend I did not see later on.”
He referenced the criticism of Trump by the press. “The truth is the press absolutely misunderstands and never records the big accomplishments of the White House,” Ryan said. “Look at all the new jobs the president has created. Just among the White House staff.”
With all the turmoil in Washington, the speaker said, “Every afternoon, former speaker John Boehner calls me up, not to give advice, just to laugh.”