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How to read Trump’s national security strategy

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U.S. President Donald Trump announced his country’s long-awaited National Security Strategy Document on Dec. 18. The document, which provided a general framework of the administration’s principles, primary objectives and threat priorities, is important in terms of indicating what Trump and his team will focus on in the near future.

As a stark reflection of Trump’s “America First” approach, the document conspicuously puts interests before values, and presents a roadmap for re-establishing U.S. military and economic preponderance.

While there are departures from previous administrations, there is continuity as well. For instance, the principle of “peace through strength” was one of Ronald Reagan’s campaign slogans in the presidential election of 1980. Reagan, like Trump in 2016, accused his predecessor of weakening the U.S.’s strength and prestige and ceding ground to rivals.

After coming to power, Reagan ordered a substantial rise in military spending, suspended all disarmament agreements pending the U.S.’s ability to negotiate from a stronger position while also launching the Strategic Defense Initiative -........

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