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What They’re Saying: Trump’s National Security Strategy

by Countable | 12.19.17

On Monday, President Donald Trump unveiled the U.S.’s new National Security Strategy that outlines his goals for modernizing the military and advancing the economy.

"What we have built here in America is precious and unique," Trump said in a speech coinciding with the document’s release. "We must love and defend it, we must guard it with vigilance and spirit, and if necessary, like so many before us, with our very lives."

The document, and Trump’s speech, have leaders from around the world responding…

Trump

The President promoted his foreign policy plan over twitter:

Trump followed up with another tweet, writing, "our task is to strengthen our families, to build up our communities, to serve our citizens, and to celebrate AMERICAN GREATNESS as a shining example to the world."

China

The report accuses China of seeking to "displace the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region, expand the reach of its state-driven economic model and reorder the region in its favor."

Beijing condemned America’s "Cold War mentality."

China's foreign minister said Washington should "abandon outdated notions."

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said:

"No country or report will succeed in distorting facts or deploying malicious slander. We urge the US side to stop intentionally distorting China's strategic intentions and to abandon outdated ideas of Cold War mentality and the zero-sum game."

Russia

The National Security Strategy claims that "actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies."

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strategy had a "clearly imperial nature" and demonstrated a reluctance to abandon the idea of a “unipolar world.”

However, the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also said Moscow found "positive things" in the document.

"It is totally in line with our approach, voiced by the president, because Moscow also seeks cooperation with the United States in areas, which are beneficial for us, depending on how far our U.S. counterparts are ready to go."

Iran

In his speech, Trump lambasted the Obama administration for a slew of failures, including making "a disastrous, weak, and incomprehensibly bad deal with Iran."

The document goes further, labeling Iran a "rogue regime" and “the world’s most significant state sponsor of terrorism.”

In a speech broadcast on state TV, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said that "the nuclear deal will not collapse."

He added:

"Those who hope that Trump will cause its collapse are wrong."

You

Now that you know what they’re saying, what do you have to say about the National Security Strategy? Do you agree with Trump’s foreign policy priorities? Or would you like to see the focus on something else? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your comments below.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: Screenshot / Whitehouse.gov)

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  • Luke
    12/19/2017
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    Great, I’ll go celebrate “American Greatness” and this national security plan with hungry kids, displaced and broken families, poor eduction, limited birth control, a dazzlingly low infant mortality rate somehow, gender wage gaps, families and elders without access to affordable healthcare, sexual harassment nightmares, looming international nuclear war, and corruption in the voting system that holds our rather fragile sounding democracy together. (Hint: These are called real issues)

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  • Theo
    12/19/2017
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    This accuses China of trying to displace the US economically from the region and reorder it in China’s favor. Well, that’s what happens when you step away from trade agreements. The Trump Administration has failed to enforce the sanctions against Russia so their tough talk is just that. There’s no substance to it. Their position on the Middle East is very xenophobic and no diplomacy or change will come from that.

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  • Claude
    12/19/2017
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    We have had every Allie that has supported the US in wars has turned against us. How is this strategy good for the US. Trump is going to get us in a war. You need to stop this dictator and protect our constitution

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    12/19/2017
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    Republicans are antiquated and out of touch with Reality and the Citizens of the United States. Conservatives are of the same.

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  • Bonnie
    12/19/2017
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    There isn’t one shred of sincerity in tRump’s tweets. Actions speak louder than words, and his actions (along with the Republicans in Congress) are raping and pillaging Americans, as well as stripping them of their rights. He’s a seasoned liar and a self serving monster.

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  • Donna
    12/19/2017
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    Like most things that come out of this administration, this is crap. If the president does not believe this nation is still the greatest on the planet, needs to be an active, supporting member of the greater global community, protect and cherish the international order we helped define and build since WWII and are not in the worst position EVER, then maybe he should go back to his gilded cage in NYC and leave the governing to someone who gives a damn about someone other than himself.

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  • OldTimer
    12/20/2017
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    It simply amazes me how bigoted liberals have become and are. They don’t disagree they actually physically and literally hate conservatives for no reason other than they are conservative. This is different from hating someone for the color of their skin or their religion, how? If the conservatives come up with a plan that is good for the US liberals would sell out the US rather than work with conservatives. It is crazy. The simple fact is we the people are only as safe as our national security. So why all the hate remarks?

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  • Azrael
    12/20/2017
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    At this point who cares? This entire administration lies so much it doesn’t matter Sinclair Lewis was right; it’s here wrapped in a flag carrying a bible...fascism

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  • Sheryl
    12/19/2017
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    The US has just shown the world that it is a neighbor they cannot trust. The US is like the neighbor that steals your cable service, put their garbage in your recycling can, parks in your parking spot and has a secret affair with your spouse. Maybe it’s time to isolate and sanction the US until we can get rid of these Republicans in power.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    12/20/2017
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    Protect our nation by supporting a strong military. Russia, China and Iran are not our friends. They tolerate us because of our money. If our military was weak they wouldn’t hesitate to overrun us. I believe the President is on the right track. Support his policies.

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  • Sean
    12/28/2017
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    Who are you trying to kid? Trump has no plans or policies except to grab as much money from us as possible Ha!

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  • GatewayJohn
    12/19/2017
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    Lets share rather than zealously protect are God given fortunes So often now we do so little to earn or deserve ir

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  • Richard
    12/22/2017
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    Americans have no interest in supporting a corporate empire which corporations are unwilling to support by paying their fair share of taxes on the backs of hard working wage earners. This is fascism at its most egregious. Alternating China and the rest of the world with this bullying attitude will get us nowhere. China is passing us by because they spend their money wisely, not throwing it away on the military. Congress is bought by the military industrialists and it’s obvious. BALANCE THE PENTAGON BUDGET YOU CLOWNS.

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  • S
    12/20/2017
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    He didn’t write it his speech, but almost no presidents have written their own speeches. The difference is that I am sure he does not understand even half of what was in that speech. He only understands the words great, awesome, no collusion, witch hunt, and we’ll see. It won’t be long before he tweets something that is in direct opposition to what he said. If there is one thing we have learned about this guy is that he is a pathological liar, will say anything if it makes him look good in his own mind. and that he doesn’t have the education, knowledge, experience, or desires to understand anything related to current and future US or worldwide policies. I’ll bet if you quizzed him on “his” strategy he wouldn’t pass it.

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  • Sherry
    12/20/2017
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    The person in the oval office is clearly paranoiac and delusional. The Republican Party as a whole is, too. They think that the tax plan will please the rich and the heck with the rest of us. Watch us!

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  • Anne
    12/20/2017
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    I wonder who wrote his “strategy” seeing how he is basically illiterate!

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  • Christine
    12/20/2017
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    Isolationism cannot work in the 21st century.

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  • Azrael
    12/21/2017
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    And and and the see through wall......Somebody send Alice back down the rabbit hole

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