Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards on June 7, 2017 in New York City. Monica Schipper—Getty Images for Urban Zen Found
Sep 19, 2017
Hillary Clinton strongly denounced President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert the rhetoric was bombastic and inappropriate for the President of the United States.
"I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world should be delivering ," she told Colbert during an appearance on The Late Show Tuesday night, adding that she had only seen parts of the speech, not the entire thing.
Trump delivered his first Presidential address to the United Nations Tuesday. In his speech he espoused the "America First" policy that has defined both his candidacy and his administration — arguing that the U.S. paid an "unfair" monetary burden to the United Nations. He also threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it continues to build up its nuclear arsenal, calling the country's leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man on a suicide mission." He slammed the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal as "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."
The former Secretary of State said that diplomacy should always be paramount, and that Trump should have stressed the need for countries to work together to stop North Korea, rather than taunting Kim Jong Un.
"You should lead with the commitment of trying to avoid conflict however you can," she said.
Clinton's appearance on The Late Show comes a week after the release of her memoir, "What Happened," which chronicles her account of the 2016 election that resulted in her shocking loss to President Donald Trump. In her book, she blames her flaws as a candidate for her unexpected defeat, but also highlights the impact of Russian interference in the election. Her book argues that Trump has a "bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen," describing how he had even praised Kim Jong Un at one point for his ability to consolidate power within his government.