President Donald Trump’s boast about his administration’s accomplishments provoked chuckles coming from an audience at the United Nations on Tuesday.
While Trump appeared surprised at the time — as well as said as much — he later claimed to reporters which which part of his speech “was meant to get some laughter.”
Trump, in his second address before the U.N. General Assembly in brand-new York, bragged which his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration within the history of our country.”
which’s a line of rhetoric Trump has repeated often in interviews as well as at campaign-style rallies during the second year of his presidency. yet which time, the claim was not met with applause.
Trump’s audience first reacted to the statement with muted laughs, prompting the president himself to follow up with levity, as well.
“So true,” Trump said as he cracked a smile, which in turn raised the volume of the laughter within the General Assembly hall.
“Didn’t expect which reaction, yet which’s OK,” Trump said wryly, scoring the loudest response coming from the crowd of global representatives.
Trump has long decried past U.S. leaders — especially his predecessor, Barack Obama — for showing weakness on the planet stage. In 2014, he tweeted, “We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World.”
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Some political insiders as well as journalists suspected which Trump might fixate on the reaction he got during the speech.
About two hours after his speech, Trump re-tweeted reactions coming from some of his most committed advocates.
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Trump told reporters later on Tuesday which the speech had “gotten very Great reviews, certainly, as well as I think which went very well.”
Asked about the laughter, Trump said: “Oh, which was great. Well, which was meant to get some laughter, yet which was great.”
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