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Hours before "Saturday Night Live" aired, Donald Trump was serving up some of his own comedy.

A day after getting news that the United States economy produced 313,000 jobs last month, he said his policies are paying off.

Holding court in front of an adoring and energized crowd, Trump went off script.

Speaking with reporters before leaving the White House, Trump cited South Korean claims that North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear testing and is willing to commit to de-nuclearization.

The rest was pure, unadulterated and unfiltered Trump. And he called Meet The Press anchor Chuck Todd "sleepy eyes" and referred to Todd as "sleeping" before piling on a vulgar insult to refer to the seasoned D.C. journalist.

Republican Rick Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb in a special US House election in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday. And in a district that, though he won by 20 points in 2016, is now a swing district?

TRUMP: We need our Congressman Saccone.

"Remember I used to say, how easy it is to be presidential?"

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"The president's support is key to attaining victory", Saccone told rally attendees about 45 minutes before Trump took the stage.

Trump also warned allies in the European Union to "get ready for tariffs" and threatened to impose taxes on German automakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW. This - I hate to put this pressure on you, Rick.

The top headlines from Elizabeth Warren, with his racist nickname for her, "Pocahontas". "I don't think we should play games", Trump said. All this is Trump fulfilling his desperate and personal need to both entertain and be loved even if it comes at the expense of the GOP candidate he was there to endorse.

"I know her weakness", he said, without elaborating on what that might be, spinning off into another subject. "I do." All that was missing was Trump then yelling out: "Live from NY, it's Saturday Night!"

Foreign enemies, too, occupied Trump's mind. The move came just days before his expected rally on Saturday in the heart of steel country. A Saccone loss would be the first loss of a Republican seat in the House of Representatives since Trump took office in January 2017, although Republicans would still control of the chamber.

In a TV ad, Lamb has made a point of highlighting the fact that he doesn't support Pelosi, part of his strategy to separate himself from most national Democrats.

Saccone spoke briefly as the rally ended after Trump introduced him - saying that Saccone is "a really good person" who needs to come to Washington to prevent Democrats from rolling back the GOP tax cuts, limiting Second Amendment rights and thwarting Trump's push for increased military spending.

Trump's share of the vote from white women was the worst for a Republican candidate since 2000, when George W. Bush narrowly beat Democrat Al Gore, reported The Washington Post.

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