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President Trump has recently announced his National Security Strategy, or NSS. A NSS is a statutorily mandated document for every president that explains how they intend to put their national security vision into practice.

President Trump’s National Security Strategy has four main pillars:

  • Protect the homeland, the American people, and the American way of life – President Trump’s fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.
  • Promote American prosperity – A strong economy protects the American people, supports our way of life, and sustains American power
  • Preserve peace through strength – An America strengthened, renewed, and rejuvenated will ensure peace and deter hostility
  • Advance American influence – As a force for good throughout its history, America will use its influence to advance our interests and benefit humanity

Zalmay Khalilzad, a writer for the National Interest, as well as a former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, says President Trump’s Strategy is bold and “it is clear-eyed about world politics and about where we currently are as a country.” The NSS calls for “principled realism” which means the US will pursue the spread of values, but with some prudence.

Khalilzad believes the NSS “recognizes the centrality of improving the underpinnings of U.S. power, especially its economic performance” as well as “puts forward a sensible formula for relations with other great powers” The strategy is bold and there is a clear shift from previous presidential strategies. President Trump understands the power the United States holds and seeks to maintain American ideals across the globe. “America First” is no longer just a campaign slogan, but a guide for our nation’s foreign policy strategy.