Late-Night Hosts, Hollywood Celebrate the United Nations Laughing at Trump

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Late-night comedians mocked President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, delighting in how the audience of global leaders laughed as Trump touted his accomplishments in office.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” the president said as the audience began laughing. “So true. Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”

On Late Show, Stephen Colbert quipped: “Don’t worry Mr. President, they’re not laughing at you. They’re laughing with each other at you.”

He also took aim at Trump for arriving late to the assembly, forcing Ecuadorian leader Lenin Moreno to replace him in the sequence of speeches.

“C’mon man, you’re from New York. You know what the traffic is like when the U.N. is here,” he said. “Just take the subway. I know it smells like pee, but rumor is you like that.” (Colbert was referring to reports of a so-called “pee tape” reported to date back to Trump’s stay in Moscow in 2013).

Over on Live!, Jimmy Kimmel compared the speech to “when your alcoholic uncle grabs the microphone at your wedding.” He also took issue with Trump’s complaint that the U.S. receives very little in exchange for foreign aid.

“Yeah! Where’s our foreign aid, Ethiopia? How about you share some of those lentils for a change?” Kimmel joked.

Back on Late Night, Seth Meyers also mocked the president’s claim that he had accomplished more than other presidents.

“That’s right, President Trump claimed that he has accomplished more than any other president in history, and world leaders in the audience laughed,” Meyers said. “Though technically they were still laughing from when he said, ‘Hello, I’m the president of the United States.'”

The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon meanwhile suggested the speech was poorly received, while comparing the audience’s laughter to his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels.

“Halfway through the speech, everyone was begging to be deported,” he joked. “Trump hasn’t heard that much laughter since his night with Stormy Daniels.”

Conan O’Brien claimed the moment had left Trump “furious” because he had made some “foreigners happy.”

“At the UN today, President Trump told world leaders that his administration has accomplished more than any in US history, and the whole audience laughed,” he said. “Trump was furious because for a few seconds he accidentally made some foreigners happy.”

A few Hollywood celebrities joined in and piled on President Trump.

“To the nations of the world: Not only is our President one to be laughed at, he is to be reviled. He disgraces our country every day with his racism, his misogyny, his narcissism, and his ignorance. The majority of America apologizes. Nov.6 we will start a course correction,” Rob Reiner tweeted.

“This is only the beginning of the world openly mocking him. People are bored of his hackey and tired routines. They no longer amuse,” Judd Apatow fumed. “His lies are now obvious. His ignorance is always on parade. He is transparent. He is just a pure embarrassment. Register to vote.”

Several others joined in.

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