Mr Trump said that he'd offered Jeff Sessions a ride to the dinner, but that the attorney general had "recused himself", a gag about the frosty relationship between the pair since Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.
Though he poked fun at his own administration's dysfunction ("It's been really another calm week at the White House"), Trump saved some of his sharpest lines for Democrats, including when he said of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): "She has to immediately take an IQ test".
Of the turmoil now roiling the White House staff, he offered this quip: "So many people have been leaving the White House", he said.
"Nobody does self-deprecating humour better than I do", he told politicians and journalists in Washington DC. "Now the question everybody keeps asking is, 'Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?'" Trump said. The joke was based on Kushner's recent controversial security clearance downgrade.
Trump said he was late to the dinner because "Jared couldn't get through security".
Trump famously referred to Kim as a "rocket man", in comments that sparked outrage and war threats from the hermit state. "As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his problem, not mine".
Student took his father's gun, killed both parents in Central Michigan dorm, police say: Alex Horton of the Washington Post writes: Central Michigan University police called Diva Jeneen Davis on Thursday with a message of concern about the behavior of her son, James Davis Jr., saying that perhaps it would be best if she and her husband came to pick him up. "It's actually been really exciting and invigorating 'cause you want new thoughts".
"And I know Mayor Mitch Landrieu feels right at home in Washington coming from Louisiana -- I love Louisiana. I don't like that", Trump said of the man who will succeed him in case he was impeached. And your best reporter, Steve Bannon. "I offered him a ride over and he recused himself", he said. "She said, behave! By the way she has been an incredible first lady". Also accepting invitations were eight members of Trump's Cabinet, six senators, four House members, and presidential advisers and relatives Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the foundation said in a statement.
"We also have some of the leading lights of the media here including some folks from the failing New York Times".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced Sunday he will send a special delegation to North Korea on Monday to discuss inter-Korean relations and possibility of dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
It was the first such event Trump had attended after he skipped last year's Gridiron gala as well as the higher-profile White House Correspondents Association dinner. And after she mouthed something off-mic, he said to the crowd: "I won't tell you what she said".
Trump wrapped the evening on an upbeat note.
A cast member playing House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi turned to I'm Against It, a song from the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, to explain her attitude toward Trump: "I don't know what Trump has to say/It makes no difference anyway/Whatever it is, we're against it/Even if our own side once professed it/We're against it".
He added that North Korea had "called up a couple of days ago" to say they would be open for talks.