Yesterday President Trump said the following:
“I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we've made. In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country."
This is exactly the type of campaign confidence that sky-rocketed him past a Democratic machine that spent years of preparation for 2016. It’s also what’s costing the United States in precious global perception in 2018. The UN laughed hysterically in response to what the President said, and it seemed he was truly surprised by that reaction.
Typically, candidates speak with the language of hopeful future-builders who know they cannot deliver on every promise they make. Once elected, they’ll manage smaller victories in the hopes of producing a checklist of “promises kept.” In mid-season Trump form, he scraps this tradition and instead claims wild success given the infancy of his administration. A good campaign move? Probably. Does it instill confidence in the United States? Clearly not!