STATEMENT: Trump can’t ignore the biggest national security threat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Global Progressive Hub Director Michelle Dixon responded to the Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy and its omission of climate change as a primary threat to the United States and the world:

It is the height of irresponsibility that Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy does not recognize climate change as a threat to U.S. national security. For decades, the Department of Defense has identified climate change as a ‘threat multiplier,’ and even Trump’s own Defense Secretary is on record saying as much. Extreme weather events shatter lives and fuel conflicts around the world, which increasingly puts our service members and all of us in greater danger. Ignoring these threats not only isolates the United States from the international community, but it also feeds insecurity both at home and abroad.

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