Donald Trump took to the Podium during the latest UN conference. Among his many remarks, he decided to pat his nation on the back for all the success it has embraced during his short time in office. The response from other world leaders was not congratulatory. Rather, those listening to Trump tout American achievements laughed as if it was a bad joke.
Trump stated, “in less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” With achievements being so diverse over various perspectives, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how Trump’s time in office compares to other administrations first two years. Nevertheless, it remains indisputable that under Trump, America has seen many positive trends.
While other areas of policy may be rather subjective as to what one thinks are good or bad directions for the country, economics is one area that is overwhelmingly objective. Under Trump, unemployment rates have dropped to 3.9 percent, millions of new jobs have been created, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been created, wages are increasing and overall GDP growth saw 4.2 percent last quarter. This simply highlights some of the more prominent positive statistics.
However, these achievements are not celebrated at the UN conference. After laughing at Trump celebrating the success of his country, the President suggested he “didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK.”
Back on American soil, the mainstream media didn’t take offense to leaders of foreign countries disrespecting their president. Instead, they pursued to mock Trump. CNN’s Don Lemon jeered that UN figures laughing at Trump was like “World leaders essentially telling the emperor he has no clothes.” Over at MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski suggested that because of Trump, America is now “the butt of a big joke.”
Patriotism is thus not abundant on the American news networks. Criticism of one’s leader is expected within a democratic nation. However, siding with other nations as they laugh at your leader is another thing altogether.
Trump’s full UN speech is below.