Seth Meyers: Trump's biggest campaign promise was 'a f---ing lie'

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Seth Meyers took a look at the days since Donald Trump won the presidential election for signs on how he'll govern, and found lots of mixed messages.

First, he took a look at the president-elect's personnel hires.

"There already seems to be two centers of gravity in Trump-world right now," the host said of the appointments in a new edition of "A Closer Look" on Tuesday's "Late Night."

"You've got incoming chief of staff and elf on the shelf, Reince Priebus, who comes from the establishment wing," he continued. "And then, you have chief strategist, the former chairman of Breitbart News, a website adored by white nationalists." That's Steve Bannon.

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Bound for the rigors of business school in the future, Donald Trump received discipline at an early age by attending a military academy. There, he reportedly excelled in extracurricular activities such as being the Honor Cadet.

Donald Trump in the New York Military Academy's 1964 yearbook

Source: Classmates

As someone who loves the art of negotiation, Donald Trump was able to negotiate New York City to provide a 40-year tax abatement for the Grand Hyatt Hotel — the first ever granted to a commercial property.

Governor Hugh Carey points to an artists' conception of the new New York Hyatt Hotel/Convention facility that will be build on the site of the former Commordore Hotel, June 28, 1978.  (AP Photo)

Source: The Trump Organization

Master renovator: Trump offered to renovate decrepit areas in need, such as a long-closed ice-skating rink, at no profit to himself, after the city's renovation effort went through five years of delays and more than double the original cost estimate.

Developer Donald Trump, right, poses with New York City's Park Commissioner Henry Stern holding a pair of ice skates that are intended for use at the Wollman Skating Rink Central Park in New York, Aug. 7, 1986.  (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)

Source: AP

Trump's enterprise also stretched out into sports, where he was the original owner of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.

In this March 8, 1984 photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team.  (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

Trump owns a fleet of luxury helicopters.

 Donald Trump poses in front of one of three Sikorsky helicopters at New York Port Authority's West 30 Street Heliport on March 22, 1988. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches)

Trump also enjoys tennis — he even played a round, wearing his traditional suit, against the legendary Serena Williams.

Developer Donald Trump talks with his former wife Ivana Trump during the men's final at the U.S. Open September 7, 1997. REUTERS/File Photo 

Trump was also notorious for befriending attractive supermodels. His first wife, Ivana, a Czech-American, was a member of the social elite.

Donald Trump and his wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen, May 1988. (AP Photo)

No expense was spared for his belongings, as Donald Trump once paid the sultan of Brunei $30 million for a nearly 300-foot yacht.

In this July 4, 1998 photo, Donald Trump waves to reporters with his former wife, Ivana, as they board their yacht "The Trump Princess" in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

Being the entertaining host, Trump also spared no expense in providing a spectacular show for friends and family.

 Developer and multi-millionaire Donald Trump (R) watches as ex-wife Marla Maples gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV's 'Dinosaurs' during lunch at the Trump Plaza Hotel November 2, 1992. REUTERS/Henry Ray Abrams

As a self-proclaimed family man, Trump attended many public events and television shows with his family, even before his current campaign.

 Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on August 30, 1991 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Source: Oprah

Trump first started showing signs of interest for a possible bid for the US presidency with the formation of a presidential exploratory committee ahead of the 2000 election.

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump (R) talks with host Larry King after taping a segment of King's CNN talk show, in New York October 7. Reuters

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To test the political waters, the potential Reform Party presidential candidate traveled to several areas to address party leaders.

New York billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump made an appearance for the media atop a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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In 2005, Donald Trump married fashion designer and model Melania Trump.

Real estate magnate Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003.

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As no stranger to the political process, Donald Trump was even acquainted with members of the judicial branch.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (L), serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump  on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedway February 14. JLS/ELD

He also became the owner of the infamous Miss Universe beauty pageant for many years.

 Donald Trump and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady pose onstage after Brady won the 2013 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

Unbeknownst to many, Donald Trump is a formidable opponent on the green. He owns 15 golf courses.

Real Estate mongul Donald Trump takes a swing on the 11th green of his newly acquired Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Source: Golf

Sometimes, negotiating can be a tough sport. What better way to exert your dominance by taking the center stage among the world's most bombastic figures?

Donald Trump, left, and Bobby Lashley, right shave the head of Vince McMahon after Lashley defeated Umaga Detroit, Sunday, April 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Trump famously launched his presidential campaign in June 2015 by coming down an escalator in Trump Tower. Since then, he has weathered waves of controversy to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

 (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

As the fog of the political battlefield has cleared on the Republican side, Trump is now preparing for a likely battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Trump made his final appeal to voters in swing-states as the contentious campaign drew to a close.

 Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night before election day. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

President-elect Trump at his election night party at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during his election night event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Meyers then pointed out that "history indicates [Priebus] will probably be less powerful than Bannon." And that's a scary prospect for even some Republicans, including conservative political commentator Glenn Beck.

"You know the world has gone insane when Glenn Beck and Bernie Sanders are on the same page," Meyers joked.

He then brought up the role of Trump's children during Trump's presidency. Although Trump once said he'd walk away from his businesses and let his kids run them in a so-called "blind trust," that doesn't quite jibe with what a blind trust actually is, particularly since Trump's kids are actively involved in the president-elect's transition team.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Seth Myers attends Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine for Scleroderma Research Foundation hosted by Bob Saget at Carolines On Broadway on November 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage for Scleroderma Research Foundation)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Comedian Seth Myers (L) and actor Jon Hamm attend the New Yorker White House Correspondents' dinner pre-party at The W Hotel, rooftop on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1548 -- Airdate 03/07/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Timberlake, Seth Myers (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Seth Myers attends Fashion's Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 17: Actor Seth Myers visits the Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theatre on March 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
Actor Seth Myers attends Fashion's Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2010 in New York City.
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 09: Comedian Seth Myers arrives for the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy at the Kennedy Center on November 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Tina Fey, creator of the television show 30 Rock, is the recipient of this year's prize. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Alexi Ashe and Seth Myers attend the Cinema Society & People StyleWatch with Grey Goose screening of 'Friends With Kids' at the SVA Theater on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Alexi Ashe and writer/comedian Seth Myers attend the 2012 Writers Guild East Coast Awards at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Alexi Ashe and Seth Myers attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Seth Myers (L) and guest arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: (L-R) Arianna Huffington, actor/comedian Seth Myers and TV personality Padma Lakshmi attend the 2013 Cycle For Survival Benefit at Equinox Rock Center on March 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Alexi Ashe and honoree Seth Myers attend the 2014 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Alexi Ashe (L) and TV personality Seth Myers attend the 2014 Tiffany's Blue Book Gala at the Guggenheim Museum on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0063 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Mike Myers and talent manager Shep Gordon during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Designer Stella McCartney (L) and actor Seth Myers attend The 11th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: TV host Seth Myers attends Bloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary Celebration at The American Museum of Natural History on December 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Comedian Seth Myers performs on stage during the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Seth Myers attends TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Seth Myers hangs out before the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

"For a guy who's always talking about how good he is at business, he sure doesn't understand basic business terms," Meyers said.

And third, the host pointed out that Trump has softened on some of his campaign promises, specifically the wall between the US and Mexico. He said on Sunday's "60 Minutes" that he would consider fencing along parts of the border (of which there already is some). And Trump adviser Newt Gingrich said Trump probably won't spend a lot of time trying to get Mexico to pay for the wall, calling it "a great campaign device."

"A 'campaign device,' or in layman's terms, a f---ing lie," Meyers joked.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S. November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon (R) is pictured talking to a reporter after a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegr's
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan U.S. October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower in New York. Trump on Sunday named Republican Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and conservative media owner Bannon as his top presidential strategist, two men who represent opposite ends of the unsettled GOP. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Interpretive park ranger Caitlin Kostic, center, gives a tour near the high-water mark of the Confederacy at Gettysburg National Military Park to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Steve Bannon, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, looks on during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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