China and Russia push back on Trump after national security speech

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As required by Congress, President Donald Trump outlined his national security plan for the United States on Monday.

“America First” was the overriding message in Trump’s 20-minute speech delivered from the Ronald Reagan Building. His speech also included tough comments about China and Russia and countries that the president described as “rival powers” to America, such as Iran and North Korea.

Russia and China didn’t care much for the president’s remarks.

A document outlining Trump’s plan accuses Russia of using “subversive measures” to weaken America’s credibility and European governments, specifically calling out Moscow for “its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine.”

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters Tuesday that the mentions of Russia struck Moscow as “imperial” and showed an “aversion to a multipolar world.” Peskov, however, said Moscow was encouraged by calls to cooperate with Russia in areas that could be beneficial for the United States.

Trump also hit at China, saying he wants to restrict visas to prevent intellectual property theft by foreigners, particularly Chinese, who travel to the United States to study science, engineering, math and technology.

China’s Global Times newspaper, published by the ruling Communist Party, said Trump’s report “reflects Washington’s reluctance to accept the reality of China’s rise.”

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