President Trump Outlines New National Security Strategy
President Trump declared a new national security strategy in a document and speech on Monday, focusing on “America First.”
President Trump declared a new national security strategy in a document and speech on Monday, focusing on “America First.” The strategy document outlines Trump’s goals under four “pillars” and provides a blueprint for his administration’s military and foreign policy.
The National Security Strategy document is organized under four principles: Protect the American People, the Homeland, And the American Way of Life; Promote American Prosperity; Preserve Peace through Strength; and Advance American Influence. It also identifies three types of challenges to America’s security and prosperity: revisionist powers like Russia and China, rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea and transnational actors such as ISIS.
While the strategy points to some of these powers as threats, it also acknowledges that cooperation with them may be necessary as well. For example, the administration is trying to counter unfair trading practices in China while relying on China to help contain the nuclear threat of North Korea.
In his speech, Trump also stressed his “serious plan to defend our homeland,” calling again for construction of a border wall with Mexico and pledging to end “chain migration” of the relatives of immigrants and to close “loopholes that undermine enforcement” or immigration restrictions. He also wants to build up the military.
"A nation not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war," Trump said. "A nation that does not protect prosperity at home, cannot protect its interests abroad.”