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Alec Baldwin tweets masked selfie as Donald Trump ahead of Saturday Night Live season premiere

Alec Baldwin tweets masked selfie in full Donald Trump makeup for Saturday Night Live… as show scrambles to cover president’s COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Alec Baldwin posted a selfie of himself in costume and makeup as U.S. President Donald Trump for Saturday Night Live’s season premiere this weekend
  • The 62-year-old actor has drawn acclaim for playing Trump on the NBC iconic sketch show – even earning Emmy nominations 
  • His latest turn in the role comes just two days after the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19 
  • The president and first lady tested positive for the virus after discovering that his senior counselor Hope Hicks had contracted the illness 

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Alec Baldwin posted a selfie of himself in costume and makeup as U.S. President Donald Trump for Saturday Night Live’s season premiere this weekend.

The 62-year-old actor has drawn acclaim for playing Trump on the NBC iconic sketch show – even earning Emmy nominations.

His latest appearance in the role comes just two days after the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Incoming: Alec Baldwin tweeted a selfie of himself in costume and makeup as U.S. President Donald Trump for Saturday Night Live this weekend

‘Tonight at 11:30 eastern,’ Baldwin wrote in the caption of his selfie.

The coronavirus lockdowns began while the show was still in the midst of its 45th season, which had to pivot to virtual performances.

However for the latest season the cast are returning to the studio in New York City to work together again with a limited studio audience.

The president and first lady tested positive for the virus after discovering that his senior counselor Hope Hicks had contracted the illness.

He's a hit: The 62-year-old actor has drawn acclaim for playing Trump on the NBC iconic sketch show - even earning Emmy nominations

He’s a hit: The 62-year-old actor has drawn acclaim for playing Trump on the NBC iconic sketch show – even earning Emmy nominations

A report run by TMZ Saturday morning stated that the president’s illness left the show ‘scrambling’ to adjust the episode to include it.

Although it was thought that the presidential debate Tuesday night would be the week’s main news fodder, Trump’s health situation has now become prominent, with the show trying to adopt a ‘sensitive’ approach.

Chris Rock will be hosting the premiere which also welcomes three new cast members – Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes and Lauren Holt.

Jim Carrey, who became a star on the sketch show In Living Color, will be playing Trump’s presidential challenger Joe Biden on the new season.

What a news cycle:  On Thursday the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19; they are pictured at Tuesday's presidential debate

What a news cycle:  On Thursday the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19; they are pictured at Tuesday’s presidential debate

People working on the show were reportedly up late the night before the premiere figuring out how to incorporate the president’s COVID-19 into the episode.

Saturday’s premiere episode will air just hours after Trump delivered a taped address to his Twitter followers updating them on his condition.

He shared that he is ‘starting to feel good’ and called his treatments, which include the Ebola drug remdesivir, ‘miracles from God.’

Trump quipped: ‘Melania is really handling it very nicely. As you’ve probably read, she’s slightly younger than me, just a little tiny bit.’ 

'Starting to feel good': Saturday's premiere episode will air just hours after Trump delivered a taped address to his Twitter followers updating them on his condition

‘Starting to feel good’: Saturday’s premiere episode will air just hours after Trump delivered a taped address to his Twitter followers updating them on his condition

Melania, who is the president’s third wife and the mother of his fifth child, is 50 years old which makes her 24 years his junior.

The president was transferred to Walter Reed hospital Friday out of what the White House referred to as ‘an abundance of caution.’ 

However he is said to have repeatedly asked his aides if he was going to die, with a Vanity Fair reporter claiming he asked: ‘Am I going out like Stan Chera?’

Stan Chera was a longtime friend and supporter of the president and succumbed to the virus this April at the age of 77.

Star power: The premiere episode will be hosted by Chris Rock who is pictured on set this Thursday with this week's musical guest Megan Thee Stallion

Star power: The premiere episode will be hosted by Chris Rock who is pictured on set this Thursday with this week’s musical guest Megan Thee Stallion

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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