US President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, December 18, 2017.
President Donald Trump rolled out his first "National Security Strategy", a combative document designed to put meat on the bones of his "America First" sloganeering.
Trump outlines national security plan (full speech)
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It focuses heavily on economic relationships with other countries

It breaks with assessments that climate change is a threat to national security

Washington CNN  — 

President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s national security strategy on Monday, outlining the foundation and priorities that will drive US foreign policy during his time in office.

He touted the plan in a campaign-style speech that spared no words in criticizing the policies of his predecessors, even if it didn’t get into detail about some of his administration’s concerns about Russia.

Here are five things you need to know about Trump’s national security strategy.

Economic security is national security

The Trump administration’s national security strategy focuses heavily on the US’s economic relationships with other countries, arguing that the US’s economic security is fundamental to national security.

The document makes clear that “America First” is more than just a campaign slogan but now a guiding force in the US’s foreign policy making. Trump’s strategy draws attention to the US’s trade imbalances with other countries and warns of “economic aggression” from other countries like China as key national security concerns.

The strategy document – required by congressional mandate – reflects Trump’s focus on trade since coming into office, and while it does not threaten the use of tariffs as Trump has, it makes clear the US will ensure that trade is “fair and reciprocal.”

“The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating, or economic aggression,” the document says.

Trump’s speech was an unconventional presentation of his national security strategy, one that he used as an opportunity to tout a booming US economy and his other successes in his first year in office.