On Monday, the President released the Administration’s National Security Strategy.  Organized into four pillars – the protection of the American public, the promotion of American prosperity, the preservation of peace, and the advancement of American influence – the National Security Strategy reflects the Administration’s goals to “revitalize the American economy, rebuild {the} military, defend {the country’s} borders, protect {its} sovereignty, and advance {the nation’s} values.”

With regard to trade, the Strategy sets out an overarching goal to engage in “fair and reciprocal” economic relationships with other countries, while also announcing that the United States “will pursue enforcement actions when countries violate the rules to gain unfair advantage.”  The Strategy also discusses threats posed by China and Russia in the areas of trade, economics, and intelligence.  In particular, it takes on the expansion of unfair trade practices by China and offensive cyber efforts by Russia.  Moreover, echoing the objectives of the recent section 232 investigations, the Administration’s Strategy calls for a strengthening of American manufacturing for purposes of national security.  According to the Strategy, “{s}upport for a vibrant domestic manufacturing sector, a solid defense industrial base, and resilient supply chains is a national priority.”