Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Before he was elected president, Donald Trump frequently said the world was laughing at the United States — and he promised he could change that. But on Tuesday, that hope was dashed as the United Nations General Assembly burst into laughter at his ridiculous boasting about his presidency in a speech.
It was widely interpreted as an expression of derision and disrespect for the president — and a new report from BuzzFeed News confirms this view.
Multiple foreign diplomats in attendance told the new outlet explicitly that they were laughing at, not with, Trump:
“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,” one Latin American diplomat said, speaking off the record so he could speak freely.