Donald Trump says that world leaders weren’t laughing at him they were laughing with him during his United Nations address.
Trump insisted at a Wednesday news conference that he started grinning and foreign counterparts chimed in with laughter.
‘They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me. We had fun,’ he said. ‘That was not laughing at me.’
Donald Trump says that world leaders weren’t laughing at him they were laughing with him during his United Nations address
He claimed in the same response that America is being ‘respected again’ as he often says and that his remarks were incorrectly panned.
Trump said he was a victim of smear campaign by the ‘fake news’ and that no one was laughing at his expense.
‘People had a good time with me,’ he argued. ‘We were doing it together. We had a good time.’
Trump was the butt of late-night comedy jokes after the incident during his second address to the international organization.
‘Don’t worry, Mr. President, they’re not laughing at you,’ Stephen Colbert quipped on CBS. ‘They’re laughing with each other at you.’
Mocking the remarks, Colbert said: ‘He’s working the room like an insult comic.’
Trump claimed after the speech that he meant to get a rise out of world leaders who laughed at him as they braced for a braggadocios address.
He had just claimed in remarks that were written for him that ‘in less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.’
As if reading the speech for the first time, he chimed in with a, ‘so true,’ leading to laughter from international leaders.
He smiled, taking in stride, and proclaimed, ‘didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK,’ before moving on the extraordinary progress he says he’s overseen in the U.S.
Later, as he exited the United Nations, the president told reporters that he thought the address went ‘really well’ and he didn’t mind leaders laughing at him. ‘It was great,’ he said.
At a luncheon that afternoon he cajoled his counterparts and said the body feels ‘like home’ after a rocky reception from international leaders when he was elected.
Trump said in a toast, which the non-alcoholic president made with a Diet Coke, that the United Nations ‘has this incredible potential to bring people together’ and that is evidenced by ‘certain things we’re doing now toward world peace.’
‘Many of you are now friends,’ he said. ‘When I first came here, even though I lived in New York, it was a little bit of a foreign territory to me, the United Nations. But now it’s like home. But so many great people, so many great leaders in this room. And a lot of terrific things are happening.’
Donald Trump said in a toast on Tuesday at the United Nations that the body feels ‘like home’ after a rocky reception from international leaders when he was elected
Trump said in a toast, which the non-alcoholic president made with a Diet Coke, that the United Nations ‘has this incredible potential to bring people together’ and that is evidenced by ‘certain things we’re doing now toward world peace’
‘Many of you are now friends,’ he told his counterparts. He’s seen here toasting the United Nations secretary general
Trump at the luncheon said he has great ‘respect’ for the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the work the international body is doing.
‘And on behalf of the United States, I’d like to toast to you, and I’d like to toast the United Nations. Thank you very much,’ he said.