The Trump Doctrine Emerges

 

(From The AP)

The strategy from the Republican president could sharply alter U.S. international relationships if fully implemented. It focuses on four main themes: protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American influence in an ever-competitive world.

Trump’s doctrine holds that nation-states are in perpetual competition and that the U.S. must fight on all fronts to protect and defend its sovereignty from friend and foe alike. While the administration often says that “America First” does not mean “America Alone,” the national security strategy makes clear that the United States will stand up for itself even at the cost of alienating allies.

The last national strategy document, prepared by President Barack Obama in 2015, declared climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.” The Trump plan removes that determination — following the administration’s threat to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The strategy sets a goal of being an “energy-dominant nation” but does say that the United States “recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship.”…

…Trump did not discuss Russian meddling in the 2016 election during his remarks, though the document also notes that “actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.”

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