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Trump UNGA speech claim prompts laughter from leaders: Video

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leaders laughed at President Donald Trump during his remarks at
the UN General Assembly in New York on
Tuesday.

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  • President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General
    Assembly got off to a bit of an unusual start when world leaders
    and diplomats laughed as he claimed his administration has
    accomplished more than any other in US history.
  • Responding to the laughs, Trump said, “Didn’t expect that
    reaction, but that’s OK.”
  • Trump has had a troubled relationship with the UN since
    entering the White House.
  • He has characterized the institution at times as unnecessary
    and ineffectual.

President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General
Assembly, or UNGA, in New York featured a moment when world
leaders and diplomats laughed as he claimed his administration
has accomplished more than any other in US history.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more
than almost any administration in the history of our country,”
Trump said, prompting laughter. 

Responding to the laughs, Trump said, “Didn’t expect that
reaction, but that’s OK.”

Trump often criticized former President Barack Obama’s approach
to foreign affairs and claimed the world was “laughing” at the US
under Obama’s leadership. 

In 2014, 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!”

But Trump’s bombastic foreign policy has faced significant
criticism at home and abroad, and polls have shown
a majority of Americans
feel the US has lost respect around
the globe under his leadership. Trump’s unilateral approach
to foreign affairs has marked a stark contrast from his
predecessor.

Correspondingly, Trump has had a troubled relationship with the
UN, an institution he’s at times characterized as unnecessary and
ineffectual. Trump has drawn ire from the UN over his
attacks on the press and decisions such as withdrawing from the
landmark Paris climate accord, among other issues.

Trump used his speech on Tuesday to tout his administration’s
accomplishments, decry US adversaries such as Iran, and touch on
issues over which he’s long expressed concern, such as global
trade and mass migration.  

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