Donald Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.  Here are a few “highlights” from his remarks:

“It is up to us whether we will lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.”

“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.”

“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

“The potential of the United Nations is unlimited. And I really believe—I’ve met your representatives and I know you well—you’re going to do things that will be epic and I certainly hope you will. But I feel very, very confident.”

None of this is coherent, nor is it normal.

Of Trump’s comments, Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars said, “President Trump’s speech was a confusing hodgepodge of tropes, themes and threats that made one unmistakable point: there is no coherent Trump Doctrine.”


It’s Wednesday, the 20th of September, 2017.

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