Trump outlines national security strategy of 'strength,' 'influence'

- In what at times sounded like a campaign speech, President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his national security policy, based on four pillars: protecting the American people and homeland; promoting American prosperity; preserving peace through strength; and advancing American influence around the world.

"With this strategy we are calling for a great reawakening of America, a resurgence of confidence and a rebirth of patriotism, prosperity and pride," he said.

The president singled out China and Russia as rival nations that seek to erode American power and security. But said he is open to cooperation. 

"We will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries—but in a manner that protects our national interest," Trump said.

Trump made no mention of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, though his official strategy report made vague references to the country's use of information tools to undermine democracy.

The president did highlight a phone call he had with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Sunday, during which Putin thanked Trump for CIA intelligence that helped prevent a terror attack in St. Petersburg.

Trump parted ways with his predecessors—Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton—by making no reference to climate change as a threat to national security. Instead, he boasted of his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Meanwhile, he touted the success of the stock market under his watch and promised the Republican tax bill will give the economy an even bigger boost. The tax bill is expected to be up for a vote in both the House and Senate on Tuesday and seems likely to pass.

Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah said they will vote "yes," leaving Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona as the only undecided Republican.

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