What President Trump’s State of the Union Address means for U.S. national security

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) People across the U.S. are reacting this morning to President Trump’s first State of the Union Address. He talked about the economy and appealing for unity, but he also spoke on issues that affect America’s national security. Ryan Vogel, Director of National Security Studies at Utah Valley University, joined Brian Carlson to help us understand what the President’s plans mean for the U.S. moving forward.

In the second half of his speech, President Trump focused on a number of national security issues. He spoke of immigration reform, linking the issue to terrorism and gangs, including the MS-13. Trump also announced a plan to fully fund the military and end the defense sequester. Along with those issues, he plans to update and strengthen the United State’s nuclear arsenal. The President says we will continue to destroy ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and other places in severe danger. 

A big announcement from the President is his decision to keep Guantanamo Bay open and continue to detain terrorists at war with the U.S. He plans to re-examine rules of engagement in Afghanistan and eliminate any timelines on withdrawal, along with re-examining U.S. foreign assistance.

President Trump is also asking Congress to fix the Iran nuclear deal, warning that North Korea poses a grave threat to the U.S., and that the Administration might need to take action against it to eliminate the threat.

Vogel says the national security elements of the speech stuck mostly to core, agree-upon parts of American policy. The speech stayed away from specifics and details that might have proven more contentious. 

For more on U.S. national security and Professor Ryan Vogel, visit UVU.edu/nss.

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