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Thu Jun 9, 2016, 04:27 PM

House Republicans Unveil National Security Blueprint as GOP Struggles With Trump's Proposals

Source: ABC News

House Republicans Unveil National Security Blueprint as GOP Struggles With Trump's Proposals

By BENJAMIN SIEGEL Jun 9, 2016, 4:17 PM ET

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leaders released Thursday the national security plank of their election-year agenda, as the party works to unite behind presumptive nominee Donald Trump and his campaign.

The plan is a broad critique of President Obama’s foreign policy -- including his outreach to Cuba and the Iran nuclear deal -- and calls for securing the border, enhancing the country’s cyber defenses and implementing an aggressive counter-terror strategy to improve national security.

"President Obama) created many voids around the world," Ryan said at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And now our enemies are fulling those voids."

Even as many Republicans have clashed with Trump over his controversial comments about a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit concerning his defunct Trump University, the report acknowledges Trump’s foreign policy and national security vision without including his most divisive proposals.

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In a clear contrast with Trump, who has questioned the NATO alliance, the report calls for “modernizing and solidifying NATO.” It also encourages U.S. allies to increase their own defense spending.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-republicans-unveil-national-security-blueprint-gop-struggles/story?id=39724454

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