by J. Krishna Moorthi:
President Donald Trump declared new national security strategy on Monday, stressing the ‘America first’ message of his 2016 campaign, the strategy is a product of months of deliberations by the President and his top advisers and pointing out the failures of previous U.S. leaders for their measure to protect the nation’s citizen. “Our leaders engaged in nation building abroad while they failed to build up the nation at home,” he said.
President Trump’s national security strategy reflects nation in constant competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, protecting the U.S. homeland and borders and sovereignty and rebuilding the U.S. military projecting the strength abroad and pursuing trade polices more favorable to the U.S. Trump’s strategy could sharply alter U.S. International relationships, if the strategy is implemented.
The strategy declared that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power and erode its security and prosperity and “they are determined to make economic less free and less fair, to grow their military and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influences.” Trump has vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord unless changes are made to it. The document said the U.S. will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development and pursuing trade policies more favorable to the U.S.
The singling out of China and Russia as “revisionist powers” in the document reflects the Trump administration’s wariness of them despite Trump’s own attempts to build strong relations with China and Russia. According to senior administration official, Russia and China were attempting to revise the global status quo-Russia in Europe with its military incursions in to Ukraine and Georgia, and China in Asia by its aggression in the South China sea. Trump has been working with Xi to exert pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic programs, but has made some progress on his vow to negotiate terms more favorable to the U.S. to lower a trade deficit that reached $347 billion in 2016.
The strategy also cited North Korea, Iran and Islamist militant groups as threats to U.S. interests and will single out Pyongyang for seeking bio warfare. “As missiles grow in numbers, types and effectiveness, to include those with greater ranges, they are the most likely means for states like North Korea to use nuclear weapon against the U.S. North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile.”
The document clearly stated, “for the people and for America” which absolutely protect the interest of Americans, a great patriotic mind of Donald Trump.