- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright described President Trump’s speech Tuesday at the United Nations as “nationalistic” and said his tough rhetoric toward Kim Jong-un may have actually strengthened the North Korean dictator.

“The tone of it was really bad, I think,” Ms. Albright, an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump, said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“In so many ways I think we all want to make sure that America’s strong, but I think his speech weakened America,” she said. “And I think it was something that is going to make it very hard for us to carry on a lot of diplomatic work that we have to.”

Ms. Albright agreed with co-host Joe Scarborough that the United Nations was an inappropriate venue for Mr. Trump’s speech, which Mr. Scarborough said appeared to be more for “domestic consumption” and “red meat” for the president’s base.

Ms. Albright added, “You don’t go to the U.N. to give a domestic speech, and I think he was doing that — red meat, in so many ways — but it will hurt, ultimately.”

She said multilateralism is about partnership and “sharing the burden,” and that Mr. Trump’s “America First” speech ran contrary to that.

“I do think the language, generally, that he used was so harsh, that I think it in some ways it strengthened Kim Jong-un, made him the center of attention,” she said.

In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Mr. Trump challenged other nations to take a stand against “a small group of rogue regimes,” like North Korea.

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Mr. Kim. “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.

“The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary,” the president said. “It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.”

Mr. Trump also vowed to put “America first” and promote the country’s “founding principle of sovereignty” abroad.

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