When it comes to being aggressive on foreign policy, Trump can often take it to an unnecessary degree. This was exemplified by the president's first speech to the United Nations (UN) assembly where, among other things, he expressed his willingness and almost desire to destroy North Korea.
There are many people, such as foreigns diplomats, American policymakers and scholars who believe that his address was too aggressive. Much of what he said felt like it was simply trying to further his own public image as a strong, ruthless military power.
While hostility and aggression may be expected between Trump and Kim Jong-Un, two thin-skinned and hotheaded leaders, the fact that Trump did this in front of the UN makes it feel like he was trying to force countries to either stand by his decision or get out. As a first speech at the UN, it was shameful to America, and only furthered Trump's loosely founded idea that the U.S. can eliminate North Korea's threat to national security through its own threats and military force.
Trump is not a diplomat
While Trump may have also taken the time to rebuke the leaders of Iran and Venezuela in his address, the president took a particular liking to "Rocket Man," a nickname he himself penned for Kim Jon-Un during his speech. This was Trump's first speech at the UN as president, and the fact that the focus was on obliterating another nation is abhorrent and completely undiplomatic. He threatened that "... if forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."
"Trump was not diplomatic, but he's not a diplomatic person ... [the speech] did not make anything better," said University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa political science professor and South Korean specialist Myungji Yang.
So much of what Trump was expected to do was completely ignored in favor of what appeared to be a power play to show his strength against North Korea and any other country that might potentially defy him.
How the speech affected his image
Speaking of displays of force, it seems like Trump might have done this as a way of trying to improve his public image in the United State or in Israel. It has been confirmed to have worked in Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted soon after his speech that it was "The bravest and most courageous speech I have heard in years."
In the U.S., Trump likely rallied more U.S. citizens behind him who believed that North Korea needed to be dealt with as soon as possible. Trump may have even rallied some South Koreans, as many South Koreans have seen sanctions enacted and then fail, according Professor Yang.
However, in much of the rest of the world, especially in Europe, many believe that Trump's speech was aggressive and uncalled for considering that he claimed countries are best on their own, which didn't give many people faith that he would help countries that do not specifically cater to his interests.
The speech didn't help with anything
If Trump's words had some force behind them, such as the backing of major countries, then maybe it could have solved something. But as it stands, all it did was make Kim Jong-Un angry. Well, that's not exactly true; it also continued the myth that North Korea can be destroyed with a snap of Trump's fingers and without any repercussions.
In reality, North Korea needs to be handled more carefully, considering the bulk of the threat comes from the government, not the civilians. If Trump were to suddenly nuke North Korea, we as a country would have the lives of millions of innocent civilians on our hands. We as Americans must realize that the problem of North Korea cannot be solved by our military alone, and the fact that Trump is trying to spread this idea is not going to better the future of America in any way.
If Trump continues to make such speeches, countries that want to prevent injury to the civilian population of North Korea will turn against him, and the United States will lose many allies.
In fact, if Trump keeps going the way he's going, places like Hawai‘i and Guam are in imminent danger, being the closest U.S. land to North Korea. And that would mean the possibility of the U.S. starting a third World War. Trump needs to back down from his aggression if he wants to save as much of the country, and world, as possible.