El Salvador’s President posted the photograph on Twitter to his 1.1 million followers.
El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, whose social media savvy helped win him energy earlier this yr, took a selfie earlier than his maiden speech on the UN Common Meeting, which he referred to as “obsolete” and steered scrapping.
In a darkish swimsuit and no tie, his hair slicked again in his signature model, the 38-year-old thanked the opposite leaders current and stated he particularly wished to greet his spouse and child daughter sitting within the gallery.
“If you’ll just bear with me a second,” he then added, pulling out his iPhone 11, lifting it as much as his grinning face and snapping a photograph he later posted on Twitter to his 1.1 million followers.
“Believe me, many more people will see that selfie when I share it than will listen to this speech — I hope I took a good one.”
“A couple of images on Instagram can have more impact than any speech delivered in this assembly,” he stated, quipping that the annual summit of the world’s leaders might be carried out by video-conference.
The conservative businessman and former mayor of the capital San Salvador was sworn into workplace in June within the small Central American nation of 6.6 million folks, tasked with turning round grinding poverty and rampant gang violence which are sending hundreds fleeing to america.
He traded on his telegenic appears to be like and guarantees of a break with the previous, however critics have referred to as him gentle on coverage and substance.
On Wednesday, he held his first assembly with US President Donald Trump, a fellow prolific social media consumer and self-styled iconoclast whom Bukele has aggressively courted — a distinction along with his predecessor Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a leftist former guerrilla.
The 2 international locations reached an settlement final week to curb unlawful migration that opens the door for america to ship refugees again to the violent Central American nation, a transfer slammed by migrant rights advocates.
“For us, the United States is not only a partner and an ally, but also a friend,” Bukele instructed reporters after that assembly.
“We’re hoping that this meeting will only strengthen our relationship even more, and I think it will because, you know, President Trump is very nice and cool, and I’m nice and cool, too. We both use Twitter a lot, so, you know, we’ll get along.”
Speaking to journalists on Thursday after his speech, he defended his present of bonhomie with the US chief.
“Someone made fun of the fact that I joked with Trump. Did they want me to come fight with him — or for me put on a cranky face or something?”
On the controversial migration settlement, he appeared to agree that these Salvadorans fleeing to the US have been concerned in gangs.
“We’ve supported our natural and biggest ally,” he stated. “We’ve caught human traffickers, we’ve seized their money, their arms, false documents.”
“El Salvador has to propose a positive migration, academic migration, business migration, work migration, not those with false documents or drugs.”
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