Donald Trump speaks as his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka listen..
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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have been portrayed in media reports as a restraining influence on US President Donald Trump, a fact that Saturday Night Live used to lampoon the American leader in its latest episode.
Media reports have speculated that the couple, who are Sabbath observing Jews, have had their moderating influence on Trump diminished because some of his more controversial statements and decisions have been made on Saturdays or Jewish holidays when Ivanka and Jared do not work or operate electronic devices.
In Saturday Night Live's opening sketch, Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, asks an aide, "Another thing, about my daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared, they always keep me so calm and make sure I don't do anything crazy...So, quick question - are they gone?"
When the aide replies that "Yes, they don't work on Shabbat," Trump replies, "Perfect. When the Jews are away the goys will play."
He then calls in his adviser Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor who has been called a leader of the alt-right and is believed to have been behind some of Trump's more controversial moves.
Bannon is represented by a grim reaper-like character in a black cloak with a skull for a face. Bannon eggs on Trump as the show mocks conversations he reportedly had with Austrian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball and Mexican Presdient Enrique Peña Nieto.
In a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, played by Kate McKinnon, the show pokes fun at the controversial White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day
last week which failed to mention Jews. "I want you to know, last week was Holocaust Remembrance Day and as you know, six million people were at my inauguration," Trump tells Merkel.
Merkel reacts in shock as Trump laments the media's failure to properly report on his inauguration attendance figures, stating that he will one day write a memoir about it, titled "My Struggle," the translation of Adolf Hitler's antisemitic screed "Mein Kampf."
Bannon's influence over Trump is jested at in the sketch's conclusion as he sits down at Trump's desk in the Oval Office, while Trump sits at a smaller desk playing with a toy.