President Trump doesn't spend a lot of time in front of crowds that his team hasn't personally curated.
Consequently, a lot of the more unkind things that he likes to say tend not to get direct negative feedback. At present, however, Trump is at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, a hobnob of the economic superelite that Trump's team had to pretend not to understand.
He delivered a speech Friday extolling the virtues of nationalism, imagining a world where everybody looking out for themselves creates a functional community: “As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their countries first." He then pivoted, teasing a reversal of his entire campaign plank opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership world trade agreement.
According to the Associated Press, the audience that had provided other world leaders with intermittent smatterings of applause during their remarks sat and regarded the American President with stony silence for the entirety of his fifteen minute performance, then offered a 'polite' response at its end.
It's when Trump went off-script that the audience did, too. After his prepared remarks, he sat down for a Q&A session and immediately went into the only territory he seems to be comfortable with - how he's a great businessman, and how the media are mean. “As a businessman I was always treated really well by the press … it wasn’t until I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be.”
The collective eyeroll became an audible hiss:
It's astounding to see the arguably most privileged person on earth continue to claim victimhood. The internet found its own way to boo in response.
The President Of The United States, At the World Economic Forum, In front of a highly respected leaders of the world just rabble rousing, speaking like a little kid in a kindergarten. He will never cease to embarrass. Instead of shaping his diplomacy skills, he tweets, Shameful.— Jaebir Warsame (@jabirwarsame) January 26, 2018
the laughter and the boos pretty much sum up how the rest of the world views the citrus golem— roy (@SerRoyim) January 26, 2018
Again, the people in that audience are the billionaires, CEOs, world leaders and global superelite whose decisions affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. These folks are ostensibly his peers, people who will continue to benefit from his pro-big-business priorities.
Its hard to get booed in Davos. I've been there, and ppl said boo-worthy things but weren't booed, until Trump went this week and criticized the media as "Fake Media" prompting the room to boo him.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) January 26, 2018