Nikki Haley to Fox News: World Leaders Laughed at Trump at the UN Out of 'Respect'

'They loved how honest he is,' claimed the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, April 13, 2018.
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claimed on Fox News that U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly only drew laughs because the world leaders in the crowd “loved his honesty” and “respect” him.

“They loved how honest he is,” Haley said in all seriousness while discussing the laughter Trump drew in reaction to him boasting his administration has done more than almost any in history. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. ... When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”

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“All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was," she continued. “They love that he’s honest with them and they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That’s not what it was ― they love to be with him.”

Trump also tried to spin the reaction yesterday, telling reporters that his boastful comment was meant to draw laughter.

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“Oh, it was great,” he said. “Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great.”