During an appearance on Fox & Friends this Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took at stab at deflating the fact that an American president was laughed at by an audience of world leaders during a speech to the UN General Assembly the day before.
At the opening of President Trump’s speech to the UN, laughs emanated from the audience when he 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. As soon as he finished that sentence, laughter could be heard coming from the audience, to which a slightly bewildered Trump replied, “So, true,” before taking a moment to process what was going on.
“I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” Trump said with a smirk.
According to Haley, the audience was laughing with Trump, not at him.
“They loved how honest he is,” Haley said. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. … When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”
"I saw the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That's not what it was. They love to be with him. That's only time you'll see that chamber standing room only" pic.twitter.com/LrxZzbMY0R
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“All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was,” she continued. “They love that he’s honest with them and they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s respect there.
Haley accused the media of making the laughter out to be “disrespectful.”
“That’s not what it was,” she said, “They love to be with him.”
Trump himself gave an equally implausible explanation for the laughter. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said his comment were meant to induce laughter.
“Oh it was great,” Trump said according to CNN. “Well that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great.”
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