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Trump ‘America First’ Plan Sees China, Russia as U.S. Frenemies

  • Trump describes the countries as both rivals and partners
  • ‘Weakness is the surest path to conflict’ president says
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Bloomberg’s Marty Schenker and Nick Wadhams react to President Trump’s foreign policy speech.(Source: Bloomberg)
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President Donald Trump called Russia and China “rival powers” to the U.S. but said he’ll continue to try to partner with them as he outlined a muscular foreign policy that attempts to turn his “America First” campaign pledge into statecraft.

Trump’s first official national security strategy is in some ways little different from those of his predecessors. Its four broad goals -- to protect Americans and their homeland, promote national prosperity, preserve “peace through strength” and advance American influence -- are essentially noncontroversial.