At the UN general assembly, world leaders laughed at the US president after he bragged about his own performance. Perhaps they needed comic relief
For the rest of the world, President Donald Trumps America is a laughing stock, not a leader.
That was the takeaway from Trumps speech to the 2018 United Nations general assembly. Trump opened his speech the same way he opens his campaign rallies, TV interviews, and probably conversations with every visitor he meets: In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
The response from the leaders assembled in the room? Laughter. The entire world literally laughed at the US president and they werent laughing with him.
Even Trump himself was taken aback: I did not expect that reaction
And while reporters and foreign policy experts could not recall another leader ever before drawing derisive laughter at a UN speech, it did not end there. When Trump made another claim Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy the cameras revealed the German delegation laughing and snickering to one another.
With Trumps own behavior and policies as a backdrop, the substance of Trumps speech merited laughter it was an incomprehensible joke.
The main theme of Trumps speech was protecting US sovereignty and he said that all countries should do likewise. He claimed: The United States will not tell you how to live, work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return. But shortly thereafter Trump spent portions of his speech telling Iran and Venezuela what to do at home.
In the Middle East, Trump claims his new approach is yielding great strides and very historic change as he announced that the United States is working with Gulf countries, Jordan and Egypt to establish a strategic alliance. Moments later, Trump reversed course and launched a broadside against Opec (of which the Gulf states are the key members) for ripping off the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, the consequences of the policies embedded within Trumps speech are no joke. They can inflict lasting damage.
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