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Trump unveils winning national security strategy to put America first; champions military, promises ‘massive’ build-up

President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/ Abaca Press/TNS)
December 18, 2017

He promised to “Make America Great Again,” and President Donald Trump has laid out a brand-new National Security Strategy to continue doing just that.

Trump on Monday announced the country’s new strategy, which puts America first, both domestically and internationally; invests in the country’s defense and breaks from the “damaging” sequester; and bolsters national patriotism and pride for the first time in a long time.

“We’re calling for a great reawakening. A rebirth of patriotism, prosperity and pride,” Trump said at the White House. “A returning to the wisdom of our founders.”

“America is in the game and America is going to win,” he also said.

As the world is faced with rogue regimes and terrorist organizations, as well as many other challenges – including rival powers such as Russia and China that challenge America, the U.S. is also engaged in an “era of competition,” Trump said, acknowledging that “economic security is national security.”

The country will again “regain our future and restore our dreams,” and every American has a role in this “grand national effort,” he pointed out.

The National Security Strategy will “invite every citizen to take their part in our vital mission,” as well as strengthen families and build communities,” Trump said.

“We will celebrate American greatness as a shining example to the world,” the President said. “We are proud of who we are [and] how we got here. We will not fail.”

The new National Security Strategy document has been in development for more than a year and has the endorsement of the entire cabinet, Trump said, pointing out that it is guided in “national interests” and “rooted in timeless values.”

The first pillar of the new strategy is to protect the American people.

“For the first time ever, the National Security Strategy includes a serious plan to defend our homeland,” Trump said. This includes the construction of a wall on the southern border, putting an end to chain migration, ending the “horrible” lottery programs, closing loopholes and supporting border agents, ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel, the President said.

In protecting the American people, the new strategy also recognizes new domains that must be encountered, including cyber security and social media.

The second pillar of the strategy is to promote American prosperity, which includes “a complete rebuilding of American infrastructure and communications infrastructure,” Trump said.

The third pillar is to preserve peace through strength.

Importantly, the strategy “breaks from the damaging defense sequester,” Trump pointed out. “We’re gonna get rid of that.”

The strategy calls for the modernization of the military, and it reverses previous decisions to shrink the military – ultimately, it will “massively” build up the U.S. Military and, in doing so, subsequently create “millions of jobs,” Trump said.

It also recognizes warfare in the modern day – including space as a competitive domain, as well as the need for a multi-layered missile defense.

The fourth pillar of the strategy is to advance American influence in the world, and build out wealth and power at home, Trump said.

“America will lead again,” he said. “We don’t seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will champion our values without an apology.”