While speaking to an audience of world leaders at the United Nations this Tuesday, laughs emanated from the audience when President Trump boasted of the “progress” his administration has made in the last two years.
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said, opening his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
As soon as he finished that sentence, laughter could be heard coming from the audience, to which a slightly bewildered Trump replied, “So, true.”
Trump took a moment to process what was going on, and then gave a little chuckle himself.
“I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he said with a smirk.
Before getting into foreign policy, Trump boasted of what he sees to be the success of his domestic policies, including tax cuts and his plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Ahead of the speech, officials said Trump will emphasize US commitment to its sovereignty above all international organizations and multilateral agreements on the heels of several moves that have put that effort on display, including most recently a decision to cut funding for the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees and a speech by his national security adviser John Bolton undercutting the International Criminal Court.
As news outlets and social media ruminated on the unusual unsolicited laughter directed at a world leader standing at the UN podium, an old Trump tweet from 2014 resurfaced where he said that the world needed a president who isn’t a “laughing stock.”
We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2014
“We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World,” Trump tweeted in August of 2014. “We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!”
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