Donald Trump just had his debutante party, and he invited all 193 of his closest friends. Earlier on Tuesday, Trump gave his first-ever speech as President to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a.k.a, an assembly of world leaders from 193 countries who wished they were anywhere else. (German Chancellor Angela Merkel had the right idea when she called in saying, “I can’t go out — *cough* *cough* — I’m trying to win an election.”)
Demonstrating his usual nuanced view of international politics, Trump moralized about entire countries and cultures, refusing to pardon “loser terrorists” and claiming that certain parts of the world are, “in fact, going to hell.” However, his most — um, conversation-starting — move of international diplomacy came when he declared that it might one day be necessary to wipe a country of 25 million people completely off the map.
“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump said. He added: “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.”
As one reporter put it, “You have never heard a US president saying this in the UNGA, threatening to totally destroy another country.”
Assuming he had everyone on his side now, Trump continued with his deftly delicate rhetoric and dubbed the Iranian government a “murderous regime.”
Finally, Trump capped off his surely-to-be-internationally-beloved speech, by taking credit for former President Barack Obama’s years-long revitalization of America’s economy:
“Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years,” he said. “And because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.”
Nice try, dude: That might work with ignorant Americans, but your coworkers know better!
Angela Merkel and other world leaders telling Trump they can’t attend his General Assembly address:
Trump and Kim Jong Un impersonators kiss on the streets of Hong Kong: