National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien successfully ended Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s “leading from behind” foreign policy, especially when it comes to US interests in Asia, Security Advisor National Security Robert O’Brien told “The Story” on Thursday.
O’Brien told host Martha MacCallum that under his predecessor, the United States had “turned a blind eye to China’s unfair trade practices.
“They have turned a blind eye to China’s intellectual property theft of all our wonderful creations,” added O’Brien. “It has turned a blind eye to China deepening America̵7;s Midwest and our manufacturing capabilities.”
The advisor called Trump “the first president in my adult life” to recognize the threat posed by Beijing, and responded with tariffs and consequences for intellectual property theft.
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O’Brien said Trump adopted Ronald Reagan’s model of “peace through power” in building his army in a period of nonintervention, to let the world see the US military capabilities as a word warning.
“All I can do is look at what we faced when Trump took office and what President Trump did,” he said, “and it’s breathtaking what the president has done to China.”