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Saturday Night Live opened its show this week with a sketch featuring President Joe Biden‘s efforts to fight Russia’s disinformation campaign over Ukraine, suggesting a high schooler would have more success. 

The show starts in the Oval Office with President Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, being briefed by three advisers, two from his cabinet and one from the military, on Russia’s increasing military presence in Ukraine.  

Referring to the actual President’s recent comments on sending U.S. troop to Eastern Europe, Johnson’s Biden asks whether NATO forces are ‘ready to back us up’ as the world awaits a possible invasion of Ukraine from Russia.  

The military official, played by Kenan Thompson, tells the fake President that every member country of NATO supports the U.S. in a potential military invention except Germany

‘Oh man, if Germany doesn’t want to go to war, you know it’s bad,’ Johnson’s Biden says. 

The two cabinet advisers, played by Ego Nwodim and Alex Moffat, intervene and reassure the president by telling him that Russia’s military presence on the Ukrainian border ‘may be the least of our problems’ and that they should be more concerned about Russian disinformation on social media that has left Ukrainians unsure about what to believe.

‘Russia tried that during our last election, too. But it didn’t work,’ Johnson’s Biden says. 

‘Well, 40 percent of Americans think you lost the election, so it kinda did,’ Thompson’s adviser replies.

This week's episode on SNL features President Biden (right), being informed by two cabinet advisors (left) and one member of the military (center right) on the spread of misinformation in Ukraine on behalf of Russia

This week's episode on SNL features President Biden (right), being informed by two cabinet advisors (left) and one member of the military (center right) on the spread of misinformation in Ukraine on behalf of Russia

This week’s episode on SNL features President Biden (right), being informed by two cabinet advisors (left) and one member of the military (center right) on the spread of misinformation in Ukraine on behalf of Russia

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President Biden, was played by James Austin Johnson

President Biden, was played by James Austin Johnson

President Biden, was played by James Austin Johnson

The three of them then go over several popular disinformation posts reportedly spreading on ‘Ukrainian Facebook’ promoting support for a Russian invasion.

One post reads, ‘Ukrainian border encroaching on Russian Troops,’ while another says, ‘Russian forces surrounding Ukraine just to give it big hug.’

‘I’m gonna break my New Year’s resolution and say it: malarkey!’ Johnson’s Biden yells.

The adviser played by Nwodim then tells the President that the propaganda spread by the Russians mentions the US on numerous occasions and shows a post reading, ‘American CDC strongly recommends Russia invade Ukraine.’ 

‘Did the CDC really say that,’ Thompson’s military adviser asks, visibly confused.

‘For a few months in 2020. The science was changing so fast,’ Johnson’s Biden answers.  

The two advisers, played by Ego Nwodim (left) and Alex Moffat (right), tell Johnson's Biden that the U.S. is mentioned in some of the Russian propaganda, including a post reading: 'American CDC Strongly Recommends Russia Invade Ukraine'

The two advisers, played by Ego Nwodim (left) and Alex Moffat (right), tell Johnson's Biden that the U.S. is mentioned in some of the Russian propaganda, including a post reading: 'American CDC Strongly Recommends Russia Invade Ukraine'

The two advisers, played by Ego Nwodim (left) and Alex Moffat (right), tell Johnson’s Biden that the U.S. is mentioned in some of the Russian propaganda, including a post reading: ‘American CDC Strongly Recommends Russia Invade Ukraine’

Another post, in the form of an article, reads: Russian Forces Surrounding Ukraine Just to Give It Big Hug'

Another post, in the form of an article, reads: Russian Forces Surrounding Ukraine Just to Give It Big Hug'

Another post, in the form of an article, reads: Russian Forces Surrounding Ukraine Just to Give It Big Hug’

The two cabinet advisers then show the Ppresident a post that reads, ‘Neil Young to remove music from Spotify unless Ukraine surrenders,’ referring to the singer’s decision last week to take off his albums and singles from the streaming service due to vaccine misinformation spread by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan.

The three then watch several memes and a TikTok video of a Russian military officer dancing with a Ukrainian solider, along with the President. 

Johnson’s Biden blasts their dance moves in the video and says, ‘I’m going to log into my Finsta and flame those guys in the comments.’

Russia has increased its military presence on its border with Ukraine in recent weeks, as the U.S. ponders whether to send troops to Eastern Europe

Russia has increased its military presence on its border with Ukraine in recent weeks, as the U.S. ponders whether to send troops to Eastern Europe

Russia has increased its military presence on its border with Ukraine in recent weeks, as the U.S. ponders whether to send troops to Eastern Europe

The president and his advisers then decide to act by fighting ‘fire with fire’ and bring in a teenage girl, played by Chloe Fineman, to plan a social media campaign.   

‘I’m a junior at a vicious girls’ high school and you all work for me now,’ she says.

‘Let’s just do something fun and simple that everyone can get behind, like a drone strike,’ Johnson’s Biden proposes. 

The teen adviser replies with a comical response, saying her generation doesn’t believe in drone strikes and thinks ‘breaking down our enemies psychologically’ is better.

‘That’s why I’m going to DM Putin and say, “Oh my God, I loved you’re outfit the other day. Was that Old Navy?”‘ the teen says. ‘Already he’s spiraling and in three weeks he will have completely lost his mind,’ she adds. 

‘Have you done this before?’ Biden asks.

Fineman responds, ‘Does the name Giuliani ring a bell?’

Source: dailymail

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