Donald Trump achievements: Foreign policy (2019)

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements: Foreign policy

This article is a list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to his foreign policy in 2019.

By 2019, the Trump Administration exercised global leadership in foreign policy matters and was unafraid to take bold actions, as seen in several decisions made in the beginning of that year.[1] According to the Pew Research Center in early 2019, "concern" by the world's population over the United States' "power and influence" increased from 25% in 2013 to 45%.[2]

Executive actions, 2019

  • January 1, 2019—The Trump Administration, including President Trump himself, wasted no time establishing warm relations with Brazil's new conservative government led by President Jair Bolsonaro.[3] This came after President Trump warmly congratulated Bolsonaro for his 2018 election victory,[4] and after National Security Advisor John Bolton gave a strong speech in November 2018 that spoke highly of him.[5]
  • January 4, 2019—It was reported that since mid-2018, the Trump Administration had stopped cooperating with UN investigations into alleged human rights violations by the United States.[6]
  • January 7, 2019—The Trump Administration continued challenging China. For example, on January 7, 2019, a U.S. Navy ship intentionally sailed in disputed waters claimed by China in the South China Sea.[7]
  • January 23, 2019—The United States, under President Trump, recognized the Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the country's interim president rather than Nicolas Maduro.[8] On January 28, 2019, the Trump Administration announced major sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA.[9] On February 15, 2019, the Trump Administration announced additional sanctions on officials connected to Maduro.[10]
  • February 1, 2019—The Trump Administration announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty due to Russia violating it for several years.[11]
  • February 10, 2019—The United States and South Korea signed a one-year agreement to increase South Korea's share of the cost to host U.S. troops in the country.[12]

Other achievements, 2019

hile the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • January 10, 2019—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a strong speech in Cairo – the same location where Barack Obama gave a speech in 2009 that criticized his own country – criticizing Obama's statements and weak foreign policy.[13] Among other statements, Pompeo stated that "the age of self-inflicted American shame is over."[13]
  • January 22, 2019—Secretary of State Pompeo made strongly conservative statements as he spoke remotely to World Economic Forum in Davos, stating that the "disruption" and decline of the globalist establishment in countries such as the U.S., UK, Brazil, and Italy was a "positive development." He also embraced the concept of the sovereign nation-state, strong national borders, and President Trump's America First philosophy.[14][15]
  • February 16, 2019—Vice President Mike Pence gave a strong speech in Munich, defending President Trump's foreign policy and challenging Europe to follow its vision, and he implicitly highlighted the difference between the U.S. under Trump and liberal Europe.[16]
  • President Trump continued criticizing "endless wars" and committed to allowing U.S. troops to return home.[17] In his State of the Union Address, President Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S. soldiers from the Middle East, stating that "great nations do not fight endless wars."[18]


  1. Salmon, Felix (February 3, 2019). America's resurgent hegemony. Axios. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
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  2. Williams, Thomas D. (February 11, 2019). Pew: Nations More Fearful of U.S. ‘Power and Influence’ Since Trump Election. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
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  3. Multiple references: See also:
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  7. Multiple references: A critical conservative perspective of the Navy's sailing in disputed waters:
  8. Multiple references: See also: President Trump called Guaidó a few days later to congratulate him:
  9. Multiple references: See also: Related actions:
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  11. Multiple references: The U.S. made the withdrawal official the following day, on February 2, 2019: In response to the U.S. announcement, Russia announced it would also leave the treaty: See also:
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  13. 13.0 13.1 Multiple references: See also:
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  15. Pompeo's Message to Davos: 'New Winds Are Blowing' Worldwide. Newsmax (from Bloomberg). January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  16. Multiple references: Specifically regarding Iran: See also:
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  18. Multiple references: See also: