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Alec Baldwin and Cecily Strong play Donald and Melania Trump in the Dec. 17, 2017 episode of "Saturday Night Live." (Supplied by WENN.com)

Trump blasts 'Alex' Baldwin over SNL impersonation, Alec Baldwin responds


In his first tweet of the morning Friday, President Donald Trump took aim at actor Alec Baldwin, who recently complained about the “agony” of playing the president on “Saturday Night Live.”

"Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony. I can't," Baldwin, who has been portraying Trump on the sketch comedy show since 2016, told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him,” Trump tweeted. “Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”

A half hour later, he deleted that and reposted it with the correct spelling of Baldwin’s name and the word “dying.” "Alex Baldwin" continued to trend on Twitter for hours afterward.

Baldwin fired back at Trump, clarifying that agonizing as it is, he wants to continue playing the character for "The Good Stuff" like impeachment hearings.

The actor then went on to mock Trump's future presidential library and plug his upcoming film, "Motherless Brooklyn."

Rattling off the film's cast, including Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Baldwin added, "If this is mediocrity, give me more."

Trump has been critical of Baldwin’s performance since October 2016, when the actor played him in sketches about the presidential debates.

“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!” Trump, who hosted “SNL” in 2015, wrote at the time.

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