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Trump’s ‘very dark’ inaugural speech at the U.N.

September 22, 2017 GMT

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose speech to the U.N. General Assembly that his 2016 campaign rival Hillary Clinton correctly described as “very dark” and “dangerous.”

During Tuesday’s speech in New York City, Trump said the United States will have no choice but to “totally destroy” the regime of Kim Jong-un if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against North Korean aggression.

In his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, Trump said the North Korean government is a “depraved regime.”

Trump called on other nations to work together to isolate North Korea until its ceases what he called its hostile behavior.

Trump also called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” whose chief export is violence.

He accused Iran of supporting terrorists and threatening Israel. He also criticized a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that capped Tehran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.

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Trump lashed out at Hillary Clinton after his former election opponent described his U.N. speech “very dark” and “dangerous.”

“After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes,” Trump tweeted Wednesday in reference to his former campaign foe and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

Appearing Tuesday on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Clinton said she had seen parts of Trump’s speech earlier that day, including the part when he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.”

“I thought it was very dark, dangerous — not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world should be delivering,” said the former Democratic presidential hopeful.

Clinton, who was a U.S. senator and then secretary of state during the first term of Obama administration, stressed that world leaders “should lead with diplomacy; you should lead with the commitment to try to avoid conflict however you can.”

Clinton is right. Trump confuses diplomacy with appeasement. His bellicose and simplistic speech at the United Nations was not constructive.