UN leaders laugh at Donald Trump’s economic boasts

By @chelean on
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U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the chair reserved for heads of state before delivering his address during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

US President Donald Trump’s boast of his alleged achievements has drawn laughs at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He started his speech at the UN meeting on Tuesday by praising his own leadership, making world leaders and representatives in the audience laugh out loud.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump bragged, adding, “So true.” This was when the audience audibly laughed.

“Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” the American leader said, smiling.

In his speech, Trump bragged about adding US$10 trillion (AU$13.77 trillion) in their country’s economy, saying they have added 4 million new jobs and achieved the lowest level of unemployment for minorities.

“In other words, the United States is stronger, safer and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago,” the former reality TV star said. “We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world.”

Apart from touting his own administration’s accomplishments, Trump also criticised Iran, China, Germany, Venezuela and more. He praised North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, saying that since they met, they had stopped nuclear testing.

“I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearisation occurs,” he said.

In his UN address last year, Trump disparagingly called Kim as a “rocket man.”

As multiple reports have noted, the audience appeared not to appreciate Trump’s criticisms of their allies, reacting unfavourably to Trump’s claims.

“As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest,” he continued, proceeding to condemn the UN Human Rights Council, calling it a “grave embarrassment.”

“The United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted. For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority.”

He later stressed, “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”

World mocks Trump

Reactions on social media were swift, with critics calling Trump a national embarrassment. According to commenters, Trump, as he was not standing in front of his supporters anymore, has experienced the world mocking and laughing at him.