Yesterday our president gave the first big speech of his young administration…..his offering to the United Nations.
It was an amateurish speech at best….beyond that…it was God awful…..even dismal. Okay I will admit that there were a few points that were good and to the point but the rest was for his supporters….a virtual campaign speech.
Personally, I was not looking for anything earth shattering but as usual I was mistaken…..he stood before the world and threatened war against another member of the body.
The North’s nuclear arsenal threatens the “entire world,” he said, and if Pyongyang attacks the US or an ally, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he said.
That is a scary moment……that an American president would make such a threat to the world.
His speech progressed and it did not get any better….the more he talked the more foot was inserted into his mouth.
On Tuesday, in his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly, President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and its “rocket man” Kim Jong Un. That, understandably, got people talking. The Hill reports ABC’s chief foreign correspondent accused trump of using “WWE rhetoric” to lob an “immoral threat” in front of the world’s political leaders. Terry Moran says mulling the destruction of a country of 25 million people “borders on the threat of committing a war crime.” Here’s how others are reacting to Trump’s speech:
- Former UN ambassador John Bolton not only calls it the “best speech of the Trump presidency” but says it was unparalleled in the history of the UN, congratulating Trump on saying things that needed to be said, Fox News reports.
- USA Today has five takeaways from the speech, which include Trump calling terrorists “losers,” Iran a “rogue nation,” and Venezuela a “responsible neighbor and friend.”
- While the North Korean ambassador to the UN walked out before Trump’s speech, a former CIA analyst and expert on North Korea tells the Los Angeles Times how it’s likely to play there: “If I were Kim Jong Un, I’d think, I better accelerate this thing and finish building my nuclear weapon before it’s too late. These threats will only increase the hysteria and paranoia in North Korea.”
- Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron took issue with Trump’s stance on the Iran nuclear deal, calling the deal “essential for peace” and saying scrapping it would be a “grave error,” the New York Times reports. Macron also “rejects escalation” when it comes to North Korea.
- In its look at the phrases Trump used that “matter most,” CNN notes the president used “sovereign” or “sovereignty” 21 times. By doing so, Trump made it clear that America is looking out for itself first and foremost.
- Writing for the Washington Post, Ed Rogers says he was pleasantly surprised by Trump, who showed an “unusual grasp of realism and relatively remarkable restraint.” The former employee of the Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush White Houses says Trump playing nice with the UN is a possible result of Stephen Bannon leaving the administration.
- Finally, Vanity Fair calls Trump’s speech “maniacal” and “warlike” and one that despite all the president’s bluster and bragging “left him looking small” in front of the international community.
Sorry but using derogatory titles like “Rocket Man” or “Losers” is beneath the dignity of the office of president of the United States.
I know I can be a bit harsh and If you would rather watch the speech or read the transcript then the below link is what you are looking for…..then you decide what was said.
And the world reacts to the speech……
- “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.”
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was not present for the speech, called Trump “the new Hitler,” the Independent reports. Earlier, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded to Trump’s call for democracy to be restored in the country by saying: “No leader can come and question our democracy, can come and question our sovereignty.”
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the speech a better review. “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” he said.
- Trump, who warned that the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary, was also applauded by South Korea, the AP reports. Trump set out a “firm and specific stance regarding the important issue of maintaining peace and security now facing the international community and the United Nations,” said a spokesman for the country’s presidential office.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom tells the BBC: “It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience.” “This was a bombastic, nationalist speech,” she says. “It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the UN General Assembly.”
Senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said Trump painted Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela as “almost the worst dictatorships in the history of the humankind.” He said that in the “contradictory” speech, Trump expressed support for nations’ sovereign rights but mixed it with a “barefaced US pretense to determine who has such rights and who does not,” the AP reports.
- (One US commentator believes Trump’s speech bordered “on the threat of committing a war crime.”)
Everybody’s a critic, huh?
This speech leads NO credence to the claim that Trump is a “master negotiator”….nothing masterful was uttered.