SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations at the annual gathering of the General Assembly, to break down his speech our national security expert Ryan Vogel from UVU joined Good Morning Utah with Emily Clark.
President Trump focused his speech on the global crises and issues confronting the United States today.
He employed the bellicose tone he used in his inaugural address, calling terrorists “losers,” saying that some regions of the world were “going to hell,” and calling the Iran nuclear deal an “embarrassment” that he would surely re-visit.
Most controversially, the president escalated the rhetoric with North Korea, saying that if forced to defend itself, the United States would “totally destroy North Korea.”
He also singled out Cuba and Venezuela, too, for forceful criticism.
President Trump reiterated his “America First” policy – but insisted that the United States was not interested in imposing its values on the rest of the world. Instead, he stated that all countries should pursue their own self interest, a departure from the multilateral approach of recent American foreign policy and a welcome change for countries like China and Russia.