Trump’s aides warned him not to personally insult Kim Jong Un in UN speech
A copy of President Trump’s “Rocket Man” speech to the UN General Assembly was reportedly vetted by his senior aides, but that didn’t stop the president from going off script on Tuesday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Trump was warned repeatedly by his top advisers not to personally antagonize nuke-happy North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but he clearly just couldn’t help himself.
No wonder White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looked like he was suffering from a sudden migraine.
From Los Angeles Times:
Senior aides to President Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis.
Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, two U.S. officials said.
The North Korean dictator responded busting out the Scrabble words and calling Trump a “dotard.”
As we learn time and time again, it never seems to end well when Trump strays from his prepared remarks and treats the crowd to a little improv. We learned that lesson again recently when Trump decided to stray from his previous statement and pull that “both sides” nonsense at the now infamous Trump Tower press conference regarding Charlottesville.
During his speech, the dotard-in-chief managed to insult an unstable leader with a famously fragile ego in front of a gathering of the world’s presidents, prime ministers, and royalty. Kim isn’t about to let that one go unchecked.
Anyway, have fun telling your kids that they live in a nuclear hellscape because of the warring egos of two large failsons.