Former White House aide and reality show star Omarosa Manigault Newman mocked President Donald Trump with one of his old own tweets for the reaction he received at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
In a tweet with a thinking face emoji, Newman posted a screenshot of one of Trump’s old tweets from 2014, which was from before he became the president.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine mocked Trump for the same old tweet. He took a screenshot of the tweet aimed at former president Barack Obama posted it with a caption, “I agree.”
On Tuesday, soon after Trump began his speech at the UN summit, audible gasps and laughter could be heard from the leaders of the world present at the event. This prompted Newman to recall the president’s old tweet.
Trump kicked off his speech talking about how the U.S. has already accomplished more under his term when compared to any other former president of the country. He then paused for a second, maybe expecting applause or for the translators to convey his speech to the other leaders present in the venue. Right after, laughter could be heard.
The president decided to move away from his speech for a second and said, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s O.K.,” accompanied by an awkward laugh. More laughter emanated from the hall, this time louder and more noticeable.
He then went back to his scripted speech, checking off the administrations “achievements” one by one, many of which were not true according to fact checks, a report on the New Yorker said. The audience did not buy into the speech either, which was evident from their reactions.
The POTUS later claimed he intended to draw laughter with his speech, which is unlikely as it ran similar to the ones he had been making across the country at rallies and other venues. The only difference was the audience. Usually, his claims are met with applause and celebrations, whereas in this case, he became what he usually laments the U.S. of being; “the laughingstock of the world.”
“He has always been obsessed people are laughing at the president. From the mid-’80s, he’s said: ‘The world is laughing at us. They think we’re fools,’ ” Thomas Wright, a Europe analyst at the Brookings Institution, said according to a report on NDTV. “It’s never been true, but he’s said it about every president. It’s the first time I’m aware of that people actually laughed at a president. I think it is going to drive him absolutely crazy. It will play to every insecurity he has.”
Trump has, according to Washington Post fact-checkers, made more than 5,000 false or misleading statements since he took office.
“On one hand, you feel, ‘Oh, god, how awful that the American president is being laughed at on the world stage,’ ” Julie Smith, who served as deputy national security adviser to former Vice President Joseph Biden, said. “But on the other hand, you kind of feel good that Trump was finally escaping the bubble of political rallies that continually gives him the impression that everyone agrees with the false claims he is making. There was a moment I thought to myself: ‘This is good that the president is being exposed to how the rest of the world sees him.'”
Trump’s second address at the UN reiterated points from his first one: America under his administration is sovereign, and it should be that every nation should be on its own in dealing with issues.
“America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism,” Trump said Tuesday. “Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.”
He briefly addressed topics including America’s national security concerns, the nuclear talks with Korea, tension with Iran and the trade war with China. But his speech at the global summit was more of an “America First” stump speech.
Trump’s address lasted 34 minutes.
Newman released a book titled “Unhinged” based on her time in the White House earlier in August. The controversial book and the equally controversial woman who wrote it seemed to be out to impeach the president as she earlier dropped tweets referring to the 25th amendment, which provides a provision to impeach a sitting president.
She has also consistently called the president a “demented.”
“I can’t even begin to pretend that I understand what goes on in the very demented mind of Donald Trump,” she told ET in an earlier interview. “There’s a reason I wrote a book about him called unhinged.”
Earlier this month, reports showed Trump’s average approval rating in eight major polls was below 40 percent, which is a cause for concern for the Republicans considering the upcoming November midterm elections. America will have to wait and see how his speech at the UN, and the reaction it prompted will affect his ratings and the elections.