Trump identifies Islamism, along with China and Russia as main threat

Unveiling a new “America First” national security strategy Donald Trump has identified Islamism, China and Russia as threat to US economic interests. Addressing at Ronald Regan building in Washington, US president slammed his predecessors for protecting the interests of other countries at the cost of the U.S.’ own.

The Trump administration vowed to put the interests of American citizens first on a range of issues, including “combating terrorism”, increasing border control, enforcing strict immigration policies, and promoting the US economy.

“The revisionist powers of China and Russia, the rogue states of Iran and North Korea, and transnational threat organisations, particularly jihadist terrorist groups” have been named the three principal “challengers” to this goal.

Trump urged Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. “And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help”, he said.

In the context of India, the new strategy states “We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region”. “And we will encourage India to increase its economic assistance in the region.”