Bolton: ‘This Was the Best Speech of the Trump Presidency’

“This was the best speech of the Trump presidency, in my view. I think he was as clear and direct as it’s possible to be.”

“I think it’s safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the behavior, the unacceptable behavior of other member states.”

“I think these are about as clear an indication a president can make that he is not going to live with the kind of half-measures and compromises that frankly for 25 years, have marked American policy and led us to the present desperate situation where both of these countries [Iran and North Korea] are on the verge of getting deliverable nuclear weapons.”

“My favorite thing came at the end and may be the most shocking thing he said in the context of the United Nations. Talking about Venezuela, he said ‘this is not a case of socialism being poorly implemented. It’s a case of socialism being implemented exactly in the way the theory tells us.’ There are a lot of people in the UN who have never heard anything like that from an American president.”

“I think this was an outstanding speech, and I think it will serve the president very well.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.