'Didn't expect that reaction': World leaders laugh at Trump as soon as he begins to brag about his 'achievements' at UN
What cracked up the delegates was Trump's assertion that his administration had done more than any other administration in the history of the US
US President Donald Trump was mocked openly by world delegates during his opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, but Trump being Trump, he took it in his stride and carried on nonetheless. The laughter was drawn by his comment that he "in less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country."
If that piece of hyporbole wasn't enough enough, Trump added a "so true" to his invocation, making it seems as if he was reading the speech for the first time. The Trumpian rhetoric was not lost on the audience, many of who cracked up in amusement. Trump smiled and went along with the mood of the house, before saying, "Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK".
He then moved on to bragging about the astounding progress his administration has made in the spehere of foreign policy after he took over office.
The Daily Mail reported that only a year ago, Trump's administration had imposed heavy sanctions on North Korea but this year it was different. Trump said: "The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his current and steps he has taken." He also admitted that "much work remains to be done".
After making sure to keep North Korea happy, he slammed Iran as a state sponsor of terror and also almost scolded China for alleged currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.
Trump said: "'Those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse."
He then pledged that he would not allow his country to be "cheated and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. The United States will never apologize for protecting its citizens."
Trump's bold claims in the General Assembly made it clear to everyone else that he will not allow the US to be taken advantage of by friend or foe.
He said that the allies are still expected to "pay their fair share." He also said that "moving forward", other nations that require foreign aid will have to "respect us" and also prove that they "frankly are our friends".
He specifically called out Germany for an oil and gas deal they got into with Russia. He then applauded Poland for not taking the same course of action. Trump spoke long and hard about patriotism and said that the other countries' citizens also have the "heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation the same intense loyalty for your homeland" that his citizens have for theirs.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on September 25 on Good Morning America: "I think that his speech this morning is going to be a great moment for the president. We've had a tremendous amount of success, particularly when it comes to the foreign policy front, over the last year, since he gave his last speech."