Haley: Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ label is generating discussion about North Korean leader

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE in an interview early Wednesday said President Trump's use of the term "Rocket Man" to refer to North Korea's Kim Jong Un is generating discussion among world leaders. 

"It worked. I was talking to a president of an African country yesterday, and he actually cited 'Rocket Man' back to me," Haley told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America." 

"This is a way of ... getting people to talk about him, but every other international community is referring to him as Rocket Man," she continued. 

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Haley's comments come after Trump delivered a bombastic debut speech at the U.N. in which he ripped the North Korean leader and referred to him as "rocket man." 

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” the president said, adding that if the U.S. “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

This is not the first time Trump has used the term. 

He first referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" in a tweet on Sunday when mentioning a call he had with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

 

However, not everyone has praised the president's fiery address. 

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE blasted the speech as "very dark" and "dangerous." 

"We view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region, and even to our country. We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the threat posed by Kim Jong Un, and not call him 'Rocket Man' — the old Elton John song — but to say it clearly, we will not tolerate any attacks on our friends or ourselves," Clinton said.