(CNN)This year’s gathering of the global elite at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has been cramped by Covid-19: World leaders won’t flock to New York, opting instead for a virtual speech fest. Gone will be the diplomatic pull asides, the lobbying, the power lunches and cocktail parties.
But that also means Donald Trump will miss the last turn of his first term as US President at the hallowed green granite UN podium, from which generations of world leaders have lectured the world.
Just two years ago Trump stood at that lectern and stunned world leaders telling them what a great job he was doing. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said.
A ripple of amusement cascaded around the cavernous chamber. Other world leaders laughing, in part perhaps at what he said, part perhaps that he would say it.
Trump took the laughter in stride.
” — so true…” he nodded. More laughter followed.
“Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,” he said.