Throughout the course of his campaign, Donald Trump promised to “make America great again.” It’s a catchy enough slogan, but, unfortunately, Trump has failed to live up to that promise. In fact, it appears that he has damaged America’s reputation on the world stage. Trump’s leadership leaves a lot to be desired, but one of the most troubling aspects of his presidency is his tendency to treat international politics like a schoolyard fight, where whoever makes the biggest threats “wins.”
However, international politics is much more delicate than anything Trump has ever had to deal with, and he often resorts to these schoolyard insults and threats. For example, he has frequently threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” over their nuclear weapons program. Of course, such threats likely only serve as encouragement to North Korea.
Hoping to perhaps temper Trump and Kim Jong-Un, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave a speech where he warned of the dangers of “fiery rhetoric.”
‘The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable. Even the threat of their use can never be condoned. But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War.
‘When tensions rise, so does the chance of miscalculation. Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings ‘
Trump, of course, seemed to completely ignore Guterres’ advice and instead gave a bombastic speech where he called Kim Jong-Un “rocket man.” The fact that the president of the United States chose to speak before the U.N. and call the leader of another nation a childish nickname like “rocket man” speaks volumes about the quality of leadership the country is forced to endure under Trump’s administration.
‘The United States has great strength and patience, 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.’
This speech highlights the real problem with Trump’s administration. It’s not simply that we disagree with him on many important issues. It’s that he’s utterly inexperienced and incompetent. Were Mitt Romney or John McCain addressing the U.N. right now, we wouldn’t be nearly this worried. We’d probably disagree with a lot of what they said, but we would rest assured that they knew what they were doing. With Trump, it really seems like he has no clue what is going on, and that’s dangerous.
For more information, his full speech can be seen below.
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