Strong reactions after comedian delivers scathing 'roast' of White House press secretary

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Naturally, torches and pitchforks were out for Wolf making fun of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' lies and smokey eyes, because you have to have government clearance to mock someone the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Wolf responded by saying she wasn't poking at Sanders' appearance.

Trump skipped the White House Correspondents Dinner to instead regale his fervent supporters in Washington, Michigan.

Others panned Wolf including CNN's Jeff Zeleny who said it was "an embarrassment in the room and surely to the audience at home".

US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One during his departure from Andrews Air Force One Base, Md., April 28, 2018.

In his rally remarks, Trump railed against the allegations Tester aired against Jackson and suggested that he could take a similar tack against the senator.

Her routine also featured jabs at the corporate news media: "There's a ton of news right now; a lot is going on, and we have all these 24-hour news networks, and we could be covering everything".

Wolf went after Trump, but she blasted Sanders who often looked uncomfortable during the dinner.

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Michelle Wolf's performance didn't have everyone laughing when it came to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "I have to say I'm a little star struck".

It's not clear what made Wolf's use of a backhanded compliment about Sanders' eye makeup particularly "intense". And there was comedian Kathy Griffin, who a year ago posted controversial video of herself holding what appeared to be Trump's bloody head; she later apologized. She later addressed some of the backlash after several users, including MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, accused her of bullying press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Wolf's speech at the dinner on Saturday night has triggered a wave of controversy for its provocative nature, which led some White House aides to walk out of the event early.

If US President Donald Trump isn't comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf has given him and others plenty of reasons to squirm.

In the past, White House correspondents dinners have included more cutting attacks on people's physical appearances.

Mike Allen, co-founder of news site Axios, said there would be "big debate whether to end the dinner as we know it, and whether some news organisations announce they will no longer attend". I don't know how she did it. "So I guess like father, like daughter", Wolf added. This year, journalists from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, and The Washington Post received various awards for journalistic excellence, news coverage on deadline, and excellence in coverage of subjects of significant national or local importance.

Wolf herself quipped about three minutes into the set, "Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this". I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a flawless smoky eye.

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