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Trump claims he was trying to make world leaders laugh at UNGA

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World
leaders at the United Nations General Assembly laughed at
President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he claimed his
administration had accomplished more than any other in US
history.

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  • President Donald Trump claimed he meant to make world leaders
    laugh during his address to the United Nations.
  • World leaders and diplomats laughed when Trump boasted his
    administration had accomplished more than any other in US
    history. 
  • At the time, Trump seemed surprised by the reaction, but
    later claimed “that was meant to get some laughter.”
  • “Oh, it was great. Well that was meant to get some
    laughter, but it was great,” Trump said of the moment, which
    went viral on social media. 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed he meant to make world
leaders laugh during his address to the United Nations earlier in
the day, though he initially said he
“didn’t expect that reaction.”

During first minutes of his speech to the United Nations General
Assembly in New York, Trump boasted his administration had
accomplished more than any other in US history, prompting
laughter from world leaders and diplomats in attendance. 

“I didn’t expect that reaction, but that‘s OK,” Trump said
during the speech, in a moment that 
quickly
went viral on social media. 

Hours later, when asked by reporters about the laughter,
Trump said, “it was great.

“Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was
great,” he said.

When former President Barack Obama was still in the White
House, Trump was often critical of his approach to foreign
affairs and routinely claimed the world was laughing at the US
because of Obama’s leadership. 

In 2014, for example, Trump
tweeted
, “We need a President who isn’t
a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly
great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!”

Trump’s approach to foreign affairs has faced
widespread criticism at home and abroad
, while also placing
him at odds with his top advisers at times. The president remains
positive about his accomplishments in the global arena, however,
and on Tuesday he painted his speech as a success.

I think really well, it’s gotten very good reviews
certainly and I think it went very well,” Trump said of his
address while speaking with reporters. 

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