Sep 19, 2017

Axios PM

1 big thing: Trump puts the "Rocket Man" on blast

President Trump's first speech to the UN General Assembly directly called out North Korea this morning, saying if the U.S. is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."

More highlights, from Axios' Alayna Treene:

  • "Rocket man [Kim Jong Un] is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime."
  • "We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities."
  • "If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph."
  • Go deeper: Trump on Cuba, Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Dive in...

Bonus: Trump toasts the UN's "great potential." Video...

Just posted: Axios Expert Voices — How war with North Korea would unfold

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Quote of the day

"Me and Darth Vader are now talking to each other." — Sen. Lindsey Graham to Axios' Jonathan Swan, aboard Air Force Two. (He was talking about Steve Bannon).