STATEMENT: Trump’s National Security Strategy Can’t Make Up for Lack of Leadership, CAP’s Kelly Magsamen Says
Washington, D.C. — After President Donald Trump announced a new national security strategy today, Kelly Magsamen, vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
In a normal presidency, the national security strategy is the chance for the president to frame a vision for U.S. leadership in the world, affirm our core interests and values, and set national security priorities. President Trump’s national security strategy may not even survive the first presidential tweet. No national security strategy can make up for the profound incoherence, recklessness, and lack of moral leadership that President Trump has demonstrated on national security issues. The strategy talks about advancing American influence in the world but ignores the damage done by the retreat of American leadership on issues such as the Paris climate agreement, the shuttering of our doors to suffering refugees, and the disenfranchisement of our brave and capable diplomats. The strategy talks about promoting American prosperity, but the Trump administration is actively undermining the economic future of America’s middle class while passing tax cuts for billionaires and corporations.
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