Contrary To Trump’s Claim, World Leaders Laughed At Him, Not With Him

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For the first time in history, the U.N. General Assembly laughed in an American president's face.

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After world leaders laughed at Trump for touting his administration accomplished more than any other U.S. presidency, he claimed the leaders weren’t actually laughing at him but with him during the United Nations General Assembly.

“People had a good time with me,”the president claimed. “We were doing it together. We had a good time.”

But Trump’s claims are incorrect. World leaders have confirmed that they were actually laughing at POTUS, all thanks to his speech that lacked substance and was full of far-fetched claims.

“Sometimes, when we see a behavior or listen to arguments or notions that seem so far-fetched, unreasonable, or insane, there is almost natural reaction of laughing,” said a Latin American diplomat said who wished to stay anonymous.

“It is not laughing at a good joke, but a nervous laugh, or a bad joke turned laughable precisely because the guy who tells the joke doesn't realize how bad it is,” the diplomat added.

“His words in the opening part of the speech were clearly addressed to [a] domestic audience,” wrote one European diplomat. “But as he did it in the Trumpian way (bragging ridiculously about being one of the best administrations in history) people in the audience reacted how they reacted."

The German delegation was evidently caught smirking on camera, while Trump warned that “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.”

According to Richard Gowan, a senior fellow at United Nations University, that was a “scornful laughter, not nervous laughter. But there is a deeper point here: world leaders have worked out that trying to reason with Trump does not work. Trying to attack him often backfires. But laughing at him can defuse his attacks.”


U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about a number of issues during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

However, one of the highlights of his address came at the very beginning when the American leader bragged his administration had accomplished more than any other U.S. administration -- and the world leaders broke out in laughter.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Iran on Tuesday as a "corrupt dictatorship" that is plundering the Iranian people to pay for aggression abroad, using his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to lay down a tough message for Tehran.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction," Trump told the annual gathering. "They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations."

Trump compared U.S. relations with Iran to what he called improved ties with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, praising him for halting nuclear and missile tests and returning some U.S. remains from the 1950s Korean War. Trump had called Kim a "rocket man" bent on nuclear destruction in his U.N. speech last year.

Trump used his speech to call for international trade reforms and insist that his main objective as president is to protect American sovereignty. He called on OPEC to stop raising oil prices and criticized China's trade practices.

And Trump prompted some murmuring from the crowd of world leaders and diplomats when he declared that he had accomplished more as president than almost any other administration in history.

"I didn’t expect that reaction, but that's okay," he said.

But Trump's main message was aimed at Iran and attempting to drive a wedge between its leadership and its people, days after an attack in southwestern Iran on a military parade killed 25 people and unsettled the country.

In remarks to reporters on his way to his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said he would not meet the Iranians until they "change their tune."

Both Trump and Rouhani were attending the annual U.N. event.

"Iran has acted very badly," said Trump. "We look forward to having a great relationship with Iran, but it won’t happen now."

Foes for decades, Washington and Tehran have been increasingly at odds since May, when the Republican U.S. president pulled out of the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran and announced sanctions against the OPEC member.

The accord, negotiated under Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama, lifted most international sanctions against Tehran in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

Over the summer, Trump had said he would meet with Rouhani without preconditions to negotiate a new deal, an offer reiterated on Sunday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and extended to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Rouhani said on Monday Tehran would not talk to Trump until the United States returned to the 2015 deal..

The top adviser to Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, rejected the U.S. offer on Tuesday, saying "Trump's and Pompeo's dream would never come to reality," the IRNA news agency said.

"Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter earlier on Tuesday.

Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission, told Reuters that Iran has not requested a meeting with Trump.

Some Iranian insiders have said any talks between Rouhani and Trump would effectively kill the existing nuclear accord.

Quashing the current pact would come at a political cost for the Iranian president, who championed the deal with the supreme leader's guarded backing and could lose support from European allies.

Rouhani is also under increasing pressure from Iranian hardliners, including Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, which have kept up the anti-American rhetoric ahead of the U.N. session.

Trump's administration is pushing allies to cut imports of Iranian oil to zero as Washington prepares to restore sanctions on Iran's oil sales in November.

The remaining countries in the deal, which see it as the best chance to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, on Monday agreed to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, following a meeting on Monday with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran in New York, warned that the U.S. strategy of applying maximum pressure on Tehran and going it alone could risk a regional escalation.

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