Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, President Donald Trump made it clear that if North Korea’s Kim Jung Un continues his apparent push to intimidate his neighbors and the United States with a nuclear missile program, he could face massive consequences.
Trump used his new nickname for the North Korean dictator, calling him “Rocket Man.” The nickname has nothing to do with the Elton John hit song from four-plus decades ago.
“The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump told his U.N. audience. “But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Twitter erupted with notable praise for the president’s remarks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also tweeted, “President Trump’s United Nations speech is historic and sets a new standard. Sovereignty and national interest are reasserted as principles.”
And former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney added his own Twitter message, “President Trump gave a strong and needed challenge to UN members to live up to its charter and to confront global challenges.”
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton was quoted by Fox News stating, “It’s safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the unacceptable behavior of other member states.”
Trump drew an applause for criticizing Iran’s “murderous regime,” and warned of consequences if that nation does not abide by an agreement made with the previous administration.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” the president said. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”
But Trump’s tough talk about North Korea sent a signal that there is a different man in the White House today than there was two years ago.