Feinstein: Trump threats to North Korea at UN a 'severe disappointment'

Feinstein: Trump threats to North Korea at UN a 'severe disappointment'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: ‘Credible case' of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) ripped President Trump on Tuesday for using his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly as a "stage to threaten war" against North Korea. 

"Trump’s bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments," Feinstein said in a statement following the president's remarks. 

"The goals of the United Nations are to foster peace and promote global cooperation. Today the president used it as a stage to threaten war," she continued.

Feinstein's comments followed Trump's speech to the U.N., in which he called threatened to use force in the face of North Korea's advancing nuclear weapons program.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” the president told the crowd of world leaders and diplomats.  “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump continued.

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Feinstein also critiqued Trump for his comments on Iran, saying he was creating a credibility problem for the U.S. by indicating he could abandon the Iran nuclear agreement — a deal Trump has criticized as "the worst deal ever."

"By suggesting he would revisit and possibly cancel the Iran nuclear agreement, [Trump] greatly escalated the danger we face from both Iran and North Korea," Feinstein continued. "What nation would negotiate with the United States when the agreements we reach with other countries are so easily undermined?"

Feinstein said his address further alienates the U.S. from its allies and shuts the door on diplomatic dialogue.

"He aims to unify the world through tactics of intimidation, but in reality, he only further isolates the United States," the senior California lawmaker added.