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United Nations General Assembly 2018

This series decodes deals, political moves, and gossip at the world’s biggest political summit.

President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
It’s not a joke.
THEY'RE LAUGHING AT US

The UN openly laughed at Trump’s claim about his great accomplishments

By Max de Haldevang

The UN General Assembly broke into giggles, then outright laughter when US president Donald Trump made a grandiose claim about his administration’s successes.

At the beginning of his speech on Tuesday, Trump rolled out a line familiar to White House watchers: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any other administration in history,” he said.

After the crowd giggled, he said: “So true.” The laughs got louder and Trump paused with a smile on his face, before saying: “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay.” He was met with even more laughter and smattered applause.

Trump had arrived late for his UN speaking slot, with Ecuador’s president going early in his place.