NEW YORK: Dismissing as “fake news” the reports that world leaders were laughing at him during his speech to a session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), US President Donald Trump asserted that the delegates were not laughing at him but “laughing with me”.
Heads of state and government present at the UNGA Hall on Tuesday audibly laughed as Trump began his address by reciting US economic gains under his leadership.
“That’s fake news, and it was covered that way,” Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I was in front of a large group of highly professional people, most of whom are from either other countries or the United Nations, people that aren’t big into clapping, applauding, smiling, and I heard a little rustle as I said our country is now stronger than ever before. It is true. I mean it is true. I heard a little rustle. And I said, it is true.
“And I heard smiles. I said, I didn’t know there would be — they weren’t laughing at me. They were laughing with me. We had fun. That was not laughing at me. So the fake news said, people laughed at President Trump. They didn’t laugh at me. People had a good time with me. We were doing it together,” Trump said.
The world leaders laughed as Trump touted the accomplishments of his administration, beginning his UNGA address by saying that his administration has “accomplished more than almost any…in the history of our country”.
“Today, I stand before the UNGA to share the extraordinary progress we have made. In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. So True,” Trump had said.
His remarks elicited laughter and claps from the world leaders gathered at the UNGA hall for the General Debate.
“Didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK,” Trump had responded.
He said America’s economy is booming like never before and since his election, the US has added USD 10 trillion in wealth.