President Trump’s National Security Strategy shows promise of America's strong, positive leadership. The newly announced strategy identifies China as a long-term challenge, recognizes Russia’s schemes and assuages the president’s fiery “America First” inaugural speech by laying out plans to rebuild and expand liberty around the world, argues David Von Drehle in the Washington Post. Turning away from isolationism, which was prominent in the early Bannon-influenced Trump administration, the strategy recognizes the importance of American allies and coalition partners to achieve favorable regional balances and to address worldwide problems. It is the right direction to repair America's foreign policy damage.
President Trump’s new national security strategy is as contradictory as he is. Since the president seems to use foreign policy to continue pandering to his base, America’s position on many vital regions of the world is unclear, asserts Roger Cohen in The New York Times. Even worse, he argues, it is counter-intuitive. For example, instead of positively reaching out to China, who is the number one partner in solving North Korea’s nuclear problem, Trump’s national security strategy calls China a “strategic competitor” and suggests that America get tough on China’s "cheating or economic aggression." Regarding other hot spots, the new strategy is similarly scattered and unfocused, which harm America’s position in the world.