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Stephen Colbert Announces He's Running for U.S. President. In Russia

'I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself,' Colbert told a Russian late night host

Stephen Colbert on Russian late night

Stephen Colbert has announced that he might be running for president in 2020. But unlike many in American politics, the late night host skipped the classic swing states and chose to make his bid known during a visit to Russia.

"I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020,” Colbert told local late night host Ivan Urgant.

“And I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said in clear jab at U.S. President Donald Trump, whose presidency has been marred by claims of Russian involvement in his favor during the election, as well as an ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow.

Taking his joke even further, Colbert responded to Trump's infamous tweet in which he seemed to insinuate he had tapes of his talks with former FBI chief James Comey. Many took the statement as a threat to Comey, but Trump later denied he had any such tapes.

“If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know,” Colbert said.

Downing shots of vodka with Urgant as part of a game of so-called Russian Roulette, Colbert joked that he "look[ed] forward to going back to America and testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about colluding with Russia."

“To the beautiful and friendly Russian people: I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.”

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On Russian TV, Colbert announces he is mulling a presidential run