Trump on U.N. speech: ‘They were laugh­ing with me’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Trump on Wed­nes­day de­fended his ad­dress to the United Na­tions, as­sert­ing that the au­di­ence of for­eign del­e­gates was “laugh­ing with me” dur­ing a mo­ment early in Tues­day's speech in which he was in­ter­rupted by au­di­ble chuck­les.

“They weren't laugh­ing at me,” Trump said at a news con­fer­ence here when asked about the episode. “The ‘fake news' said peo­ple laughed. Peo­ple had a good time with it. We were do­ing it to­gether.”

News sto­ries about the speech, in­clud­ing in The Wash­ing­ton Post, noted that the laugh­ter came af­ter Trump had opened his re­marks by say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion had ac­com­plished more than “al­most any other ad­min­is­tra­tion” in U.S. his­tory.

“Didn't ex­pect that re­ac­tion, but it's okay,” Trump said in re­sponse to the laugh­ter. The au­di­ence then laughed louder and ap­plauded. Wide­spread news cover­age sug­gested that au­di­ence mem­bers were re­buk­ing the pres­i­dent's claims.

At the news con­fer­ence, Trump sought to por­tray it as a light­hearted mo­ment. He ac­knowl­edged that he “heard a lit­tle rus­tle” as he was mak­ing the case that “the coun­try is stronger than ever be­fore.”

“I said, ‘It's true.' I heard smiles,” Trump said. He added, “They re­spect what I've done.”

---The Wash­ing­ton Post

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