President Donald Trump got some big belly laughs while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, for humor that was very unintentional. After making the unsubstantiated claim that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” the president was met with laughter from the global heads of state in attendance.
Even Trump himself seemed momentarily thrown off by the reception to his statement. “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,” he said with a sheepish grin, before continuing along with his speech.
Naturally, Trump surrogates are attempting to spin the fact that their boy literally became a laughingstock to the entire world (and to add to the embarrassment, yet another old tweet came back to haunt him) as you can see from the comparison in coverage from Fox News News to MSNBC:
Likewise, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley popped up on Fox and Friends to reassure the angry grandpas of our country that world leaders have nothing but respect for [her] president.
The media has got this so wrong. I deal with these leaders every single day. I know exactly how they think. Do they love America? No. Do they respect America? Now they do. When he said that they love how honest he is, and it’s not diplomatic. And they find it funny. I mean, when he goes and he is very truthful they kind of were taken back by it.
As she continued, her claims became even more eyebrow-raising:
They’re not used to it. But let me tell you, all day yesterday, they were falling all over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was, how strong it was … whether he said good things about them or not, they love that he’s honest with them, and they’ve never seen anything like it. And so there’s a respect there.
Bless his heart, Brian Kilmeade also attempted to explain the laughter. “It was the echo laugh,” he reached. “For example, I think a part of it was he pulled off the prompter and reacted in real-time and that never happens at the U.N.”
Sure buddy, whatever you need to tell yourself to sleep at night. You can watch the entire segment below.