Kerry: Trump’s NK Rhetoric ‘Childish’ – ‘Speech About America First’ Ends Up ‘Making America Last’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former Secretary of State John Kerry criticized President Trump’s “childish” rhetoric about North Korea and argued that the president’s UN speech ended up “making America last and diplomacy last, or making America alone, fundamentally.”

Kerry said, “[T]he president gave a speech about America first, which winds up, in effect, I think, making America last and diplomacy last, or making America alone, fundamentally. It pushes people away. I mean, this childish kind of — the rhetoric, I mean, if name-calling was going to solve this problem, Donald Trump would have already solved the problem. So, that’s not going to move anybody to do what you have to do. You have to ask yourself, is America safer because of ‘Rocket Man?’ Did we bring anybody to the table as a consequence of that language? You don’t give a speech at the United Nations to talk to your base. You have plenty of opportunities to do that. You give a speech at the United Nations to bring people to the table.”

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