“Start with Mike,” Trump said, referring to his vice president. Mike Pence, whom Trump kept in the dark for two weeks after learning that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had given the vice president false information earlier this year, responded by saying that serving as Trump’s number two is “the greatest privilege of my life.”
“An honor to be here,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently offered his resignation amid strains over the Russia investigation.
“My hat is off to you,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry, referring to the president’s explanation of his decision to abandon a global climate change agreement.
“We thank you for the opportunity and blessing you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people,” said Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, the subject of recent reports that Trump may fire him.
The spectacle was so unusual that Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and his aides made a video mocking it.