On Monday President Donald Trump laid out his vision for National Security in a highly anticipated speech. But the president didn’t settle merely for laying out his vision. He also took aim squarely at the foreign policy failures of President Barack Obama.
Trump’s main theme was that after eight years of Obama, America is back in the game and is in it to win.
But, as he laid out his own ideas for U.S. policy, he slammed the dangers wrought by Obama’s, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“They undercut and short changed our men and women in uniform with inadequate resources, unstable funding and unclear missions. They failed to insist that our often very wealthy allies pay their fair share for defense, putting a massive and unfair burden on the U.S. taxpayer and our great military,” the president said during his Monday speech.
“They neglected a nuclear menace in North Korea, made a disastrous, weak and incomprehensible deal with Iran. They put a lot of energy under lock and key. They imposed regulations and crippling taxes. They imposed sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats over capitals, and over the profound objections of the American people, our politicians left our borders wide open. Millions of immigrants entered illegally,” the president continued.
“On top of everything else, our leaders drifted from American principles, they lost sight of America’s destiny, and they lost their belief in American greatness. As a result, our citizens lost something as well,” Trump said. “The people lost confidence in their government and eventually even lost confidence in their future.”
He also insisted that the days of the Obama policy of lying supine in front of our enemies and allies alike are over.
“We will stand up for ourselves, we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before,” Trump continued. “We know that American success is not a foregone conclusion. It must be earned and it must be won. Our rivals are tough, tenacious and committed to the long term, but so are we.”
Still, Trump didn’t overtly badmouth those opponents. For instance, he called China and Russia “rival powers” who “seek to challenge American influence, values and wealth,” but stopped short of attacking them in stricter terms.
We will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interest,” Trump said, recounting a conversation he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday about shared US intelligence that helped thwart a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg.
They were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event with no loss of life and that’s a great thing, and the way it’s supposed to work,” Trump said. “But while we seek such opportunities of cooperation, we will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before.
“With this strategy, we are calling for a great reawakening of America, a resurgence of confidence, and a rebirth of patriotism, prosperity and pride,” Trump concluded.
The president also touted some of the successes of his administration causing some critics to slam him for turning a national security speech int a “campaign rally.”
Trump’s address began with some remarks by Vice President Mike Pence. Here is the full video: