President Donald Trump kicked off Tuesday by giving an impassioned speech to delegates from the 193 member states in the United Nations.
Among other things, Trump lashed out at North Korean president Kim Jong Un and denounced “the scourge of our planet,” which he called a “small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.”
Trump said in the speech that if North Korea refused to back down from its nuclear aggression, the US would “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Trump also called out Iran, calling the US’s nuclear deal with the country, created by President Barack Obama, an “embarrassment.”
At one point, Trump said, “Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell.”
John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff who is known as a strict disciplinarian, was also at the UN when the president gave his remarks. He was photographed in positions like having his hand over his face and looking down with his face resting on his fists, which seemed to show a combination of embarrassment and displeasure.
It’s unclear what Kelly thought of the speech, which Trump and his team had written ahead of time. Other photos of Kelly watching the speech depict him looking alert and attentive.
But the photos are reminiscent of Kelly’s reaction to another Trump event: his rambling press conference in Trump Tower in August right after the white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kelly was shown looking especially displeased with how that panned out.