Trump announced on Monday a new National Security Strategy in which the U.S. would pursue a “great partnership” with China and Russia, but would do so “in a manner that always protects our national security.”

Professor John Walsh, a political commentator, said on Monday that the language in the new NSS was confrontational rather than friendly and cooperative, and was therefore sharply different from the warmer tones Trump had used in his conversations with the leaders of Russia and China.

“Certainly this NSS document sounds somewhat different in tone from Trump’s statements about [Chinese President] Xi Jinping and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and it was also different in tone from Trump’s stated desire to ‘get along’ with Russia and China,” Walsh said.

Walsh acknowledged that the military assertiveness of the new document was a troubling sign for those who hoped for something less bellicose from Trump.

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"In part, this statement also reflects the pressure on Trump to back away from ‘getting along’ with Russia brought about by the [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller investigation which is really quite pathetic in terms of substance and does come down to a witch hunt as Trump has correctly termed it,” he said.

Walsh also observed that the document never mentioned any goal of working constructively with Moscow and Beijing to reduce global tensions and resolve international problems.

"This document does not appear to speak of ‘solving the problems of the world’ by working together with Russia and China as Trump has promised to do in the past,” he said.


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