Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

John Kelly Appears Embarrassed During Trump's UN Speech

John Kelly Appears Embarrassed During Trump's UN Speech

Japan urged global unity Wednesday in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key USA ally pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacked.

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies".

In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in NY, broadcast live, Trump singled out North Korea as a "depraved regime" with a leader on a "suicide mission". He is incapable of leaving lingo for low-information voters behind, even when it risks creating doubts about his own maturity and stability.

Soon after the United Nations speech, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the statement in a tweet comparing what Trump said to something President Barack Obama said while in office. In practice, it comes across as cartoonish.

Donald Trump is president of the United States. Sticking to teleprompter, he told the world body it was not doing its job.

"North Korea now has the script and the excuse to why they need the [nuclear] programme", he told Al Jazeera.

Appearing before the 193-member body that emerged from the ashes of World War II, Trump boasted of America's military strength, signaled he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the "murderous regime" in Tehran, and berated USA foes from Pyongyang to Caracas.

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has criticized Trump over his rhetoric in the past, called the speech "strong and needed".

"If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life", he said.

GREENE: And then another country that came up, Scott, is Iran. He called it "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the US has ever entered" and deemed it an "embarrassment to the U.S".

Also in his remarks, the President spoke of economic progress made by the United States since his election as well as the progress it has made in terms of healthcare, women's empowerment and military strength. Trump put the world on notice, especially Russian Federation and China, that worldwide solutions must be found to confront bad actors who seek nuclear weapons.

HORSLEY: He was, again, very critical of that nuclear deal. Other photos of Kelly watching the speech show him looking alert and attentive.

The letter is being sent amid signs that President Donald Trump may walk away from the nuclear accord. "The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary", he said.

"The United States bears an unfair cost burden", he said.

"I know that people and countries don't want to hear it", she said on Good Morning America.

Trump said, "We meet at a time of enormous promise and great peril".

The president defended this concept by stating that all leaders of nations must put the interests of their people first.

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