President Donald Trump has released a new national security strategy for the US. The strategy outlines plans to preserve US military and economic dominance as key factors of global peace and prosperity.
The document, released Monday, lays out the four “pillars” of US national security as protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, preserving “peace through strength” and advancing US influence.
First on the list of threats to the US, the strategy names “revisionist powers, such as China and Russia,” that seek to “shape a world antithetical to our interests and values.”
Yet in his actual speech Trump said called them "rival powers" that " challenge the American influence" but said that he was planning to work with them putting American interests first.
Next on the list are regional “dictators that spread terror, threaten their neighbors, and pursue weapons of mass destruction” followed by “jihadist terrorists” and transnational criminal organizations.
The White House has described the strategy as “principled realism” because it “acknowledges the central role of power in international politics, affirms that strong and sovereign states are the best hope for a peaceful world, and clearly defines our national interests,” but also “grounded in advancing American principles, which spreads peace and prosperity around the globe.”
To protect the US, Trump will “target threats at their source” and “confront threats before they ever reach our borders.”
In his speech Trump criticized the actions of his predecessors saying that they “presided over one disappointment after another.” He said they benefited foreign nations but stripped US of jobs and wealth, were engaged in nation-building abroad, while failing to build up and replenish our nation and home.
They undercut our men and women in uniform with unstable funding and “unclear missions.”
Ignored nuclear menace of North Korea, made a “disastrous, weak and incomprehensibly bad” nuclear deal with Iran, and allowed ISIS to conquer swathes of the Middle East.
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