President Trump only needs one word to show that his approach to national security is worlds apart from Barack Obama’s.
The president is set to deliver an address Monday afternoon in which he will unveil his administration’s first national security strategy. Trump is expected to reverse the policy of his predecessor by restoring references to “jihadist” terror threats, Fox News reported.
Excerpts of the national security strategy released ahead of the president’s speech showed where the administration’s focus lies.
The document will include language that singles out “rogue regimes” such as North Korea, as well as “revisionist powers” like Russia and China, that seek to shake up global power dynamics.
Trump’s strategy will differ from Obama’s by not only naming “jihadist” terror threats, but putting them front-and-center.
“The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations,” an excerpt from the document read.
To combat this modern danger, the administration will call for stronger homeland security and missile defenses that aim to “pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.”
Former President Obama notably removed terms like “jihadist” and “Islamic extremism” from his security document in 2010, in fulfillment of his vow to broker a “new beginning” between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
Obama told CNN his refusal to use terms that had been common in the Bush administration stemmed from his reluctance to “lump” terrorists “in with the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who, in this country, are fellow troops and police officers and firefighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.”
The Trump strategy sets a new course in line with his campaign promises to place “America first” and do away with “political correctness.”
A senior administration official named four points of the president’s national security doctrine: protecting the homeland and way of life; promoting American prosperity; demonstrating peace through strength; and advancing American influence in an ever-competitive world.
The official described Trump’s approach to national security as one of “principled realism.”
Accordingly, the document to be unveiled Monday will part with Obama’s description of climate change as an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.”
The move will allow the President an opportunity to implement his unique national security vision in an increasingly hostile global environment.