Nikki Haley: United Nations Laughter Not A Diss But A Sign Of Respect For Trump's 'Honesty'




 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday claimed President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly a day earlier drew laughs because world leaders "loved his honesty" and "respect" him.

Trump's boastful comment describing his administration as one of the most accomplished in U.S. history sparked laughter not because attendees of the annual summit found the remark ridiculous ― but because it was so "honest," Haley said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

"They loved how honest he is," Haley said. "It's not diplomatic and they find it funny. ... When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it."

She continued: "All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was. ... They love that he's honest with them and they've never seen anything like it, so there's respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That's not what it was ― they love to be with him."

Trump had appeared to be caught off guard on Tuesday when the United Nations General Assembly Hall erupted in laughter just a few minutes into his speech.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. ... So true," the president said, eliciting several muffled laughs.

"Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK," Trump responded with a chuckle, prompting even more laughter from the audience of world leaders, their aides and the media.

Trump later told reporters that his boastful comment was intended to be funny.

"Oh, it was great," he said. "Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great."

This article has been updated with additional comments from Trump.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order
Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order

Democrats controlling the House have teed up a vote next week to block President Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, accelerating a showdown in Congress that could divide Republicans and lead to Trump's first veto. The Democrats introduced

Tucker Carlson Guest Says African Americans
Tucker Carlson Guest Says African Americans 'Need To Move On' From Slavery

A guest on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show on Thursday night said AfricanAmericans "need to move on" from slavery

Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump
Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump

The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old physicist who rejects mainstream climate science. A memo to those federal officials asks them to direct any questions to William Happer, a member of Trump's National Security Council and a well-known critic of mainstream climate science findings.

Trump: Release of Russia probe report up to attorney general
Trump: Release of Russia probe report up to attorney general

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the newly confirmed US attorney general should be the person who decides whether to publicly release the much-anticipated Russia report, which could be completed as early as next week. The remarks came as CNN reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has headed the probe since May 2017, could deliver his final report next week, possibly when Trump travels to Asia for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Asked at the White House whether Mueller should release the text while the president is out of the country, a subdued Trump said "that will be totally up to the new attorney general," Bill Barr.

Number of hate groups hits 20-year high amid rise in white supremacy, report finds
Number of hate groups hits 20-year high amid rise in white supremacy, report finds

The nation's demographic shift has emboldened white supremacists, the Southern Poverty Law Center finds in its annual survey.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.