The comedian's hilarious portrayal of the Russian President saw him address Trump into the camera: "Donald, let's talk as friends. You're not off to a great start, man! However," he said, as an image of a huge crowd was shown, "I'm glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration.
"Oh, wait. That's the Women's March. Here is inauguration."
The Satuday Night Live audience cheered with laughter as the camera then cut from the shot of the Women's March on Washington to a snap of the actual inauguration crowd, which seems to be a sore spot for the new President.
Beck Bennett's shirtless Vladimir Putin and mocked Donald Trump's inauguration crowd
Viewers loved Bennet's shirtless Putin on SNL
Donald Trump becomes 45th U.S. PRESIDENT
Fri, January 20, 2017
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
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US President Donald Trump points to the stands as he walks with his wife Melania during the Inaugural Parade.
The new White House Press Secretary, Sean Spencer, addressed the apparently relatively small inauguration crowd in his first press conference, seeming to spin complex half-truths to distract attention from the viral images showing lacklustre crowds.
The SNL sketch also featured Putin boasting his control of America, implying that he bought the election: "Yesterday, we all made Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. Hooray, we did it!
"And today many of you are scared and marching in the streets. You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But don't worry, it's not. Relax, I got this. Putty's going to make everything okay."
Saturday Night Live mocked Trump for the lacklustre crowds at his inuaguration
The SNL sketch compared the inauguration crowd to that at Women's March on Washington
Fan's hoping to see Alec Baldwin's Trump impression mocking the new President were instead entertained by Bennett's hysterical Putin placating the American public: "I promise that we will take care of America. It's the most expensive thing we've ever bought."
He even made a dig at Trump's sex life, mocking: "Your whole inauguration was kind of heavy on the 'God' stuff. I've never heard you say 'God' that much and I have tapes of you having sex."