The United Nations General Assembly is one of the most important weeks of the year. Beyond the excessive traffic in New York City throughout the week, the General Assembly invites foreign leaders and delegations across the world to give speeches to the entire UN organization. The speeches feature the leaders’ proud support for their record, their hope to become involved in the UN’s coming year and their perspective of the state of the world. Every year, it is a way for foreign leaders to meet and discuss the human rights issues facing the people of the world. It’s a week where the world comes together. This year, the world definitely did. But this year was a little different. This year the world didn’t come together to create a new policy or announce a new initiative. Rather, the world came together to laugh at the President of the United States.
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” said President Donald Trump. Seconds later, the General Assembly erupted in laughter, causing Trump to react in a confused manner. Even if you didn’t watch the video of the leaders of the world chuckling at Trump for his obviously egocentric comment, the following morning every newspaper headline said the same thing, “The UN laughed at Trump.” Both national newspapers and international newspapers had this as their front pages. Instead of the U.S. being seen as the leader of the world, the globe focused on the president of the U.S. being ridiculed by foreign leaders and delegations across the world.
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This laughter is a symbol that in every single country across the world they know the crazy leadership of Trump. They know how comical his entire platform, ego and role is. The world sees what’s happening; they saw his extraordinary press conference later this week and hear his crazy statements week after week. I always tell people I am more concerned about what happens after what Trump says than during it. Most importantly, I am also concerned with how the U.S. leadership, the once leader of the free world, will be viewed upon the end of his tenure.
Trump said many times during the campaign and since then that the world is “laughing at us”. They most definitely are, but they aren’t laughing at the United States; they’re just laughing at our leader.