President Donald Trump has embraced a new slogan for his upcoming national security speech.
The president, speaking at the National Defense University, told students that the military “cannot and will not be used as a weapon of war.”
The phrase, which is being touted as a way to “reclaim the spirit of patriotism” by “all Americans,” was coined by former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who has been a vocal critic of Trump’s rhetoric.
Trump has not yet released his speech, which will be delivered at 1 p.m.
EDT Monday at the University of South Carolina.
He has not commented on the controversy surrounding the new slogan, which was originally designed by Trump himself.
“The military cannot and will never be used by the United States to attack other nations, to wage war or to conduct covert action against our allies,” Trump said.
“Our military is a force for peace, and it cannot be used to wage, or support, war.
That is why I have decided to change it from ‘patriot’ to ‘American’ and the Army to the Navy, and to call our troops the ‘American Armed Forces.'”
He added that “we cannot use our military to wage covert warfare, but we can use it to protect our country, our freedom and our democracy.”
The new slogan is not the first time Trump has adopted a military-themed slogan in recent months.
Last week, he told an audience at a town hall that “American soldiers are in danger.
American lives are in peril.
I want our military and our vets to know that they are not alone, that their lives matter, and that we stand with them.”