President Donald Trump achieved his goal when he labeled North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” in front of the United Nations, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday.
Trump had first tried out the nickname in a Saturday tweet. After rave reviews, he included it in his address on Tuesday, saying “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission.”
During Haley’s appearance on Good Morning America, tsk-tsking host George Stephanopoulos asked Haley whether it was “appropriate” for Trump to use the nickname in his speech.
“Well I’ll tell you, George, it worked,” Haley said.
“I was talking to a president of an African country yesterday and he actually cited ‘Rocket Man’ back to me … Look, This is a way of getting people to talk about him, but every other international community now is referring to him as ‘Rocket Man,’” she said.
Stephanopoulos said the speech ruffled some feathers, particularly when Trump said the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea in the event of war and asked Haley to respond to those criticisms.
“Well, I think what you saw yesterday from the president was he was being honest,” she said.
“I know that people and countries don’t want to hear it, but here’s a man who continues to test ballistic missiles, he continues to test new hydrogen bombs, he continues to threaten our allies, he says he’s going to destroy the United States to ashes, he says he’s going to continue to send us gift packages to the United States,” she said.
“So if you want to talk about who’s been giving us threats it’s certainly been the Kim regime,” she said.
Haley said the U.S. has “exhausted every diplomatic means” to stop North Korea, including dialogue and sanctions.
“And we are going to continue to do that. While he is being irresponsible, we’re going to be responsible,” Haley said. “The international community actually very much appreciated the blunt, honest approach that the president took on North Korea.”
As for Kim’s new label?
“That’s a Trump original,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox & Friends. “He is a master at branding.”
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