To deter and defeat the threats associated with the aggressive development of anti-satellite weapons Russia and China, our president (Donald Trump) has ordered the Department of Defense to strengthen our space systems — so that America remains as dominant in space security as here on earthsaid Pence, speaking in Colorado Springs at the Space Symposium.
Recall that in December last year, the United States published a new national security strategy. The main focus of the document, as before, is on Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
President Trump said at the time that “Russia and China are trying to challenge American influence, values and wealth,” but Washington “will try to build a great partnership” with these countries. Apparently, the purchase of Russian engines refers specifically to the "great partnership."