WASHINGTON: Notwithstanding competition from China and Russia and challenged by non-state actors and nations like North Korea, US President Donald Trump has asserted that America will lead again.
Laying out his new national security strategy on Monday, Trump said both China and Russia seek to “challenge the American values, influence and wealth”.
“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,” he said.
“America will lead again”, Trump said as he sent the 68- page National Security Strategy (NSS) document to the US Congress. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will champion the values without apology. We want strong alliances and partnerships based on cooperation and reciprocity,” he added.
“We will make new partnerships with those who share our goals, and make common interests into a common cause. We will not allow inflexible ideology to become an obsolete and obstacle to peace,” he said.
The US will pursue the vision it has carried around the world over this past year — a vision of strong, sovereign, and independent nations that respect their citizens and respect their neighbours; nations that thrive in commerce and cooperation, rooted in their histories and branching out toward their destinies.
“With the strategy, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win,” he said.
And for this, he came out with a four-point action plan.
For the first time ever, American strategy now includes a serious plan to defend the homeland, he said, adding that it calls for the construction of a wall on southern border; ending chain migration and the horrible visa and lottery programmes; closing loopholes that undermine enforcement.