'They were laughing with me,' says Trump after chuckles break out during UN speech

"The 'fake news' said people laughed. People had a good time with it. We were doing it together," said US president Donald Trump.
"The 'fake news' said people laughed. People had a good time with it. We were doing it together," said US president Donald Trump.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (WASHINGTON POST) - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Sept 26) defended his address to the United Nations, asserting that the audience of foreign delegates was "laughing with me" during a moment early in Tuesday's speech in which he was interrupted by audible chuckles.

"They weren't laughing at me," Mr Trump said at a news conference here when asked about the episode.

"The 'fake news' said people laughed. People had a good time with it. We were doing it together."

News stories about the speech, including in The Washington Post, noted that the laughter came after Mr Trump had opened his remarks by saying his administration had accomplished more than "almost any other administration" in US history.

"Didn't expect that reaction, but it's okay," Mr Trump said in response to the laughter.

The audience then laughed louder and applauded.

Widespread news coverage suggested that audience members were rebuking the President's claims.

 
 

At the news conference, Mr Trump sought to portray it as a lighthearted moment.

He acknowledged that he "heard a little rustle" as he was making the case that "the country is stronger than ever before".

I said, 'It's true.' I heard smiles," Mr Trump said. He added: "They respect what I've done."