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Trump's Security Plan Drops Climate Change, Emphasizes Economy

President Donald Trump said economic prosperity was key for strength and influence abroad.
Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 18, 2017

President Donald Trump announced his administration's new national security strategy on Monday. One big headline before his speech: He's dropping climate change from a list of global threats.

"We have withdrawn the United States from job-killing deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the very expensive and unfair Paris climate accord," Trump said.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, made climate change a key part of his strategy released in 2015. In September 2016, Obama issued orders to federal agencies requiring them to consider the effects of climate change when developing national security policies.

In the Trump administration's full national security document that the White House released, it says, "The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection."

It also says fossil fuels and other forms of energy will help lift developing nations out of poverty.

Trump's plan also prioritizes economic strength as a means for national security.

"The second pillar of our plan is to promote American prosperity," Trump said. "Economic vitality, growth and prosperity at home is absolutely necessary for American power and influence abroad. Any nation that trades away its prosperity for security will end up losing both."