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Trump Is a Laughing Stock. But if We Weren’t Laughing, We’d Be Crying
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Trump Is a Laughing Stock. But if We Weren’t Laughing, We’d Be Crying

Trump's speech to the 2018 U.N. General Assembly was met with laughter and derision from world leaders—but the consequences of his policies are no joke, Michael Fuchs explains.

For the rest of the world, President Donald Trump’s America is a laughing stock, not a leader.

That was the takeaway from Trump’s speech to the 2018 United Nations general assembly. Trump opened his speech the same way he opens his campaign rallies, TV interviews, and probably conversations with every visitor he meets: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

The response from the leaders assembled in the room? Laughter. The entire world literally laughed at the US president — and they weren’t laughing with him.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Guardian. Click here to view the full article.

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Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow