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US national security strategy pans Russia, China, Iran, N Korea



The Republican president’s administration released the National Security Strategy before Trump appeared at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington for a speech laying out his so-called “America First” vision.

For one thing, the commander in chief attacked other superpowers, saying, “China and Russia challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity. 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.”

Trump also showed that he is sticking to the long-held policy of accusing Russia of meddling in other countries’ political affairs, yet falling short of addressing allegations of his own collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election.

“Through modernized forms of subversive tactics, Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries around the world,” read the document. “Russia uses information operations as part of its offensive cyber efforts to influence public opinion across the globe. Its influence campaigns blend covert intelligence operations and false online personas with state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or ‘trolls.’”

He also repeated his allegations against Iran and North Korea, claiming that they are trying to “destabilize regions, threaten Americans and our allies, and brutalize their own people.”

In his speech, Trump criticized the actions of his predecessors saying that they “presided over one disappointment after another.” Their actions benefited foreign nations but stripped US of jobs and wealth, he said. While America was engaged in nation-building abroad, its rulers failed to build up and replenish the nation at home.

All that changed with last November’s election, he said.

“With the strategy today, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win,” Trump said.

Trump promised to expand America’s influence in the world by building the wealth at home.