The Trump Doctrine: “America First!”

Donald Trump
There's a new sheriff in town!

The Trump Administration just unveiled a brand new National Security Strategy (NSS), a 68-page strategy document outlining President Trump’s priorities for American engagement in the world. The report addresses threats as varied as terrorism, to cyber security, and energy independence.

In what Trump described as an “America First” vision for foreign affairs, he follows through on various campaign promises – prioritizing border security, a fairer trade policy, and strict enforcement of immigration.

“With this strategy, we are calling for a great reawakening of America, a resurgence of confidence, and a rebirth of patriotism, prosperity, and pride,” President Trump said while announcing the National Security Strategy. “And we are returning to the wisdom of our founders: In America the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign.”

Furthermore, 5 different state and non-state elements were identified as a threat to the U.S. in the NSS, including China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and the Islamic Terrorist groups.

“China and Russia challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity,” the NSS states. “They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”

The NSS also identified four of the most important security interests of the United States. These were Protection of the American people and land; promotion of the U.S. prosperity; preservation of peace on the American homeland via a show of strength; and spreading more of American influence.

“We will strengthen America’s capabilities—including in space and cyberspace—and revitalize others that have been neglected,” the report said.

Trump in his remarks, at the White House, during the NSS announcement said that all the former American policies had resulted in “disastrous” trade agreements, the policies had ignored the domestic substructure completely, the military was not provided with the right resources as a result of previous policies.

The President further said, “A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad. A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war. A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future. And a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them.”

He further went on and branded Russia and China as the Key Rivals against America, its influence, wealth and its influence. He said, “We know that American success is not a foregone conclusion. It must be earned and it must be won. Our rivals are tough. They’re tenacious and committed to the long term, but so are we.”

He also said that in order to succeed, it is essential to “integrate every dimension of our national strength, and we must compete with every instrument of our national power.”

“With the strategy I’m announcing today, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going win,” he said.