Cotton Applauds Trump’s National Security Strategy: It Is a ‘Clear-Eyed Assessment of the Threats We Face’

Sen. Tom Cotton
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• December 18, 2017 10:00 pm


Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Monday praised President Donald Trump's national security strategy, calling it a "clear-eyed assessment of the threats we face" in the United States.

Trump delivered a national security speech Monday afternoon at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center where he tied his domestic policies to the country's safety.

"A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad," Trump said. "A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war. A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future. And a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them."

Cotton's office released a statement shortly after Trump's speech applauding Trump's commitment to rebuilding the U.S. military.

"The president’s national-security strategy is a clear-eyed assessment of the threats we face and what it will take to confront them. I also applaud the president for committing to rebuild our military," Cotton said.

"Any strategy, to be successful, will depend on our having a military that’s second to none," he added. "After eight years of neglect, there’s much we need to do, but I’m confident the president is determined to build the best-trained, the best-equipped, and the best-led military in the world."

Cotton, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, has been an outspoken supporter of Trump's national security policies.