Ralph Peters a Little ‘Relieved’ by Trump UN Speech: ‘Instead of Getting the Black Death We Just Got Influenza’


Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former Fox News analyst, admitted tonight on CNN he was relieved by President Donald Trump‘s speech because it could have been worse.

Anderson Cooper asked him about the moment when Trump was laughed at. Peters said it’s “pretty grim” when the world is “laughing at and mocking the U.S. president.”

That being said, Peters admitted the speech wasn’t as horrible as he had feared:

“When I listened to the speech this morning, there was much to worry about, but I have to say that at the end of the day I was a little bit relieved, because, you know, instead of getting the Black Death we just got influenza.”

He did find Trump’s praise of Kim Jong Un‘s courage “nutty,” emphasizing how important the words from the President of the United States are.

But he also worried about Trump crossing the line from “honorable patriotism” to “rabid nationalism”:

“When Trump kept going on and on and on about patriotism and sovereignty… words mean different things to different people in different countries and cultures. To us, patriotism, we think defending our country. It’s a good thing. Sovereignty. Well, of course we want a sovereign nation with controlled borders. But in much of the world, when we say––when Trump says patriotism and sovereignty, they hear nationalism and basically that they’re impermeable to blame, that they can get away with whatever they want within their own countries.”

Peters knocked Trump’s “mediocre” speechwriters and said again the President was “giving license” to other nations to act badly, just within their own borders.

You can watch above, via CNN.

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