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World leaders laugh at Trump as he boasts about accomplishments in UN speech
The president said he ‘didn’t expect that reaction.’
On Tuesday, some of the world’s most prominent leaders actually laughed at him.
Trump, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly today, began his speech by patting his administration on the back, touting the fight against the so-called Islamic State and America’s economy, among other things.
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” the president began, hearing rumbles of laughter.
“America is–so true,” he said, smiling and pausing for more laughter from the General Assembly. “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”
The crowd clapped, and laughed harder, after Trump’s quip.
President Trump at @UN General Assembly: "In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country…so true."
[Laughter from audience]
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 25, 2018
Trump has, in the past, warned that the country needed a president who was not “a laughing stock to the entire World” in a 2014 tweet, referring to former President Barack Obama.
“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!” Trump wrote.
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
Given the laughing that occurred on Tuesday, the president’s old tweet quickly made the rounds online.
Even former Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) got in on the joke.
I agree. https://t.co/B8FYRjUsJr
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) September 25, 2018
The laughing was quite a contrast to last year, when the president threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea during his speech to the United Nations. Since then, Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un held a summit and signed an agreement that aims to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
Of course, the visual of world leaders laughing at the president’s claims caught the eye of people on Twitter.
In the studio listening to Donald Trump’s speech at #Unga. I’ve covered a number of these events – never ever heard world leaders laughing at another leader, never mind the American President. pic.twitter.com/g6GxsrE2xA
— Robyn Curnow (@RobynCurnowCNN) September 25, 2018
— Andrew Bogrand (@andrewbogrand) September 25, 2018
— Terrence I. (@tb4000) September 25, 2018
— Shawn Means (@ShawnMeans) September 25, 2018
The UNGA laughing @ Trump bragging needs to be my new ringtone
— Sarah Clapp (@SarahClapp) September 25, 2018
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) September 25, 2018
— UrbanTakeOne (@UrbanTake_001) September 25, 2018
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).