Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Wednesday that the laughs during Donald Trump’s speech to the world organization was not disrespectful — but rather awe at his undiplomatic honesty.
“They love how honest he is and it is not diplomatic and they find it funny,” Haley said on Fox News. “He is very truthful and they kind of were taken back by it.”
She said world leaders actually have a new respect for the U.S.
“All day yesterday they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was, how strong it was,” she said. “Whether he said good things about them or not, they love that he is honest with them. And they’ve never seen anything like it and so there is a respect there.”
In the opening remarks of his speech on Tuesday, Trump touted that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country in its first two years.
Audience members then began chuckling and the laughs grew louder when Trump said “so true.”
Trump smiled and paused, before adding, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”
Haley cited the hoopla surrounding the laughter as an example of unfair criticism Trump has endured from the media and other observers.
“It’s gotten so disgusting really,” Haley said. “The idea that he’s not mentally fit, the idea that we would be talking about the 25th amendment. None of that is true. It could not be farther from the truth.”
Haley claimed that she spoke to a world leader yesterday, who she declined to name, that questioned why there was any coverage of impeachment deliberations or the 25th Amendment.
How can you honestly think a man who doesn’t know what he’s doing is getting this much done on jobs, on trade deals… Americans are living better than they ever have and you’re going to question his leadership.
“I looked at the media yesterday, and they all want to talk about what the worldview of the president is,” she said. “What they need to understand is the world doesn’t understand the media in America right now.”
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