Trump Reportedly Warned by Aides Not to Personally Attack Kim Jong Un in UN Speech
President Trump denounced “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un in a fiery U.N. speech this week, but one report tonight says aides had cautioned him about the content of his address.
According to the L.A. Times, “senior aides” had warner the President not to take a “personal attack” at Kim Jong Un:
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.
Some of Trump’s top aides, including national security advisor H.R. McMaster, had argued for months against making the attacks on North Korea’s leader personal, warning it could backfire.
Trump first used the “Rocket Man” line in a tweet on Sunday before using it again at the United Nations.
And, as you may have heard by now, Kim Jong Un responded in a statement calling Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard.”
The Times report says some aides are worried that “the escalating war of words has pushed the impasse with North Korea into a new and dangerous phase.”
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