President Trump Addresses Missile Defense and Border Security in Pentagon Speech
President Trump announced major changes today in America’s missile defense policies and posture. Speaking today with high ranking Pentagon officials, members of the Defense Department, and Congressional representatives, his remarks focused on missile defense, and the crisis at our southern border.
The purpose of today’s Pentagon gathering was to present the results of his administrations Missile Defense Review (which you can read in it’s entirety on the Defense Department website). The President reiterated that his “goal is simple. To ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States. Anywhere, anytime, any place.”
Before delving into changes in the nation’s missile defense policy, the president took a few minutes for another “matter of critical national security. The humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Without a strong border, America is defenseless, vulnerable, and unprotected.”
“We need strong borders. We need strong barriers and walls. Nothing else is going to work. Everyone knows it. Everybody’s saying it now. Just question of time.”
“This should have been done many years ago. It should have been done really, by other presidents, and it wasn’t.”
“A wall has to be built. We need security of our southern border. Drugs flow in, tremendous percentages of the drugs coming into our country, come from the southern border. We’re not going to allow it to happen.”
He called for legislative action to “close the ridiculous and dangerous immigration loopholes that no country in the world has but us. The Federal government remains shutdown because Congressional Democrats refuse to approve border security. We’re going to have border security. It’s going to be tight. It’s going to be strong. We’re going to let people into our country gladly, but they’re going to come in legally.”
Taking aim at the new House leadership, Trump said, “many Democrats in the House and the Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate. The party has been hijacked by the open borders fringe within the party. The radical left, becoming the radical Democrats. Hopefully Democrat lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country.”
“Stop human hijacking. Stop drugs. Stop gangs. Stop criminals. That’s what we’re gonna do. That was my pledge, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The president then returned to the topic at hand. He laid out the adoption of six major changes in the nations missile defense policies.
Prioritize the defense of the American people above all else.
Focus on developing new technologies.
Adjust missile defense posture beyond ballistic missiles, to include cruise and hypersonic threats.
Recognize that space is a new warfighting domain.
Remove bureaucratic obstacles to streamline the implementation of new technologies.
Insist on fair burden sharing with allies that benefit from American missile defense.
The president burrowed in depth into the reasoning behind each of these six key policy changes. Watch the full speech for a deeper understanding of the context of these adjustments in America’s missile defense strategy.