Donald Trump achievements: Foreign policy (2020)

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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 2020.

In 2020, President Trump continued making bold foreign policy decisions that diverged from the establishment and previous administrations.[1]

For foreign policy achievements related to trade policy, see Donald Trump achievements: Trade policy. For foreign policy achievements related to environmental policy, see Donald Trump achievements: Energy and environmental policy. For military operations targeting terrorist groups and individuals, see Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism.

Executive actions, 2020

Latin America

President Trump took actions related to Latin America and various Latin American countries:

  • Actions regarding Cuba:[2]
    • January 2, 2020—The U.S. imposed sanctions on Cuba's defense minister for his support for Venezuela and for human rights violations.[3]
  • January 10, 2020—The U.S. suspended all public charter flights to Cuba except for Havana.[4]
  • Actions regarding Venezuela:
    • January 13, 2020—The U.S. blacklisted seven Venezuelan officials who played a role in the takeover of the country's democratically-elected legislature.[5]
  • June 2, 2020—The Trump administration sanctioned four companies over their support for the Maduro regime.[7]


The Trump Administration continued taking a tough stance against China.[8] It also supported Taiwan, as seen in its congratulating the country for re-electing its anti-Communist president.[9]

  • March 2, 2020—The Trump Administration restricted the number of journalists for the CCP state media that are allowed to enter the United States.[10]
  • June 3, 2020—It was reported that the U.S. moved to impose restrictions on CCP propaganda outlets, including CCTV.[12]
  • June 17, 2020—President Trump signed a sanctions bill targeting Chinese officials over human rights abuses in regards to the treatment of Uighur Muslims.[13]
  • June 26, 2020—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed visa restrictions on CCP officials over tensions in Hong Kong.[14]
  • July 14, 2020—President Trump signed legislation that would impose sanctions on anyone assisting China in their crackdown on Hong Kong.[15]
  • July 15, 2020—The Trump Administration imposed visa restrictions on those working for the Chinese company Huawei, citing the latter's complicity in human rights abuses.[16]
  • July 31, 2020—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions to be imposed against a Chinese parliamentary group over abuses of Uighur Muslims.[18]
  • August 7, 2020—The Department of the Treasury slapped sanctions against Hong Kong's pro-China "leader" as well as other Chinese officials.[19]
  • August 7, 2020—Following a Trump executive order banning the Chinese app WeChat, Tencent, the company that had developed the app, saw their stock significantly drop.[20]
  • September 2, 2020—In response to China's restrictions of U.S. reporters and diplomats, the State Department announced restrictions on Chinese diplomats traveling to America.[22]
  • September 14, 2020—The DHS moved to block imports of Chinese products created involving forced labor.[23]


The Trump Administration took actions against Iran and continued taking a tough stance against the country.[24]

  • January 3, 2020—President Trump ordered an airstrike in Baghdad that killed several Iranian military officials including the prominent Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who led the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force.[25] Soleimani's death was a significant setback for Iran,[26] and President Trump strongly defended his decision[27] along with other administration officials.[28] Even when speaking strongly against Iran, President Trump and other administration officials also spoke in favor of Middle East peace and against endless wars.[29]
  • January 3, 2020—The U.S. designated the Iraqi militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, supported by Iran, as a foreign terrorist organization.[30]
  • January 8, 2020—In an address to the nation following an Iranian rocket attack on some U.S. bases in Iraq, President Trump announced the U.S. would impose additional sanctions on Iran while refusing to get unnecessarily drawn into a war.[31]
  • January 10, 2020—The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran's largest aluminum, copper, iron and steel manufacturers as well as eight high-ranking Iranian officials.[32]
  • January 26, 2020—President Trump strongly rejected a call to lift sanctions imposed on Iran, asserting: "No Thanks!"[33]
  • March 18, 2020—The State Department sanctioned Iran over rocket attacks launched towards U.S. bases in Iraq;[34] the latter previously called for an end to the continuous sanctions, accusing America of "economic terrorism".[35]

North Korea

  • January 14, 2020—The U.S. blacklisted two companies for violating UN labor sanctions against North Korea.[40]


  • June 17, 2020—The Trump administration imposed sanctions against Bashar al-Assad, his wife, and other Syrian elites over human rights abuses.[41]
  • August 20, 2020—The Trump Administration announced sanctions to be imposed on many Assad-backing Syrian officials in honor of the over one thousand Syrians killed by a chemical attack seven years ago.[42]


President Trump visits the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
  • April 6, 2020—In a historic first, the Trump administration designated a Russian white supremacist group as terrorists.[43]
  • August 23, 2020—In a victory for non-interventionist populists on the both the left and right, American troops withdrew from an Iraqi base.[46]
  • September 2, 2020—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions to be imposed against a prosecutor for the globalist ICC over an illegitimate investigation into alleged "U.S. war crimes" in Afghanistan.[47]
  • September 8, 2020—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions to be imposed against two former Lebanese officials over their support for Hezbollah.[49]
  • September 11, 2020—On the anniversary of 9/11, President Trump announced a major deal between Bahrain and Israel, where the former will normalize relations with the latter despite Palestinian objections.[51]
  • September 15, 2020—To the further disdain of Palestinian extremists, President Trump hosted a ceremony marking a historic diplomatic agreement, with leaders from Bahrain and the UAE agreeing to normalize relations with Israel.[52]

Other achievements, 2020

Setbacks, 2020

  • August 13, 2020- President Trump forged the "Abraham Accords" between Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE, the first of several so-called "peace deals" between Israel and several Sunni Arab nations which in fact serve as de facto alliances against Iran.Trump announces 'Historic Peace Agreement' between Israel, UAE In the aftermath of these agreements, Jared Kushner spoke of the possibility of an agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia, while Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum called Saudi Arabia the "white whale" among the sought-after potential allies.[1] While on the surface this looks like an achievement, it's in fact a setback, for two reasons. First, the Abraham Accords were intended to forge closer ties between Israel and multiple countries that are known for their covert sponsorship of both al-Qaeda and ISIS. And second, they may end up having the unintended effect of indirectly forging closer ties between Israel and Communist China (because both the CCP and the GCC are closely allied with Pakistan, their converging interests concerning Pakistan have a very strong potential to create a "weak link" which results in the GCC states in their allies aligning with the CCP in its rapidly-escalating cold war against the US. Should this happen, Israel could end up facing a situation where it has to choose between the US and the GCC).
  • September 2020- President Trump failed to punish so-called "NATO ally" Turkey for essentially establishing an al-Qaeda presence dangerously close to Russia's borders through its deployment of al-Qaeda-linked militants into Nagorno-Karabakh during the latest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan.[2][3]

Debatable, 2020

  • April 30, 2020- President Trump threatened to punish Saudi Arabia over its oil price war with Russia, but made said punishment dependent on whether the Saudis kept the price war going.[4] It is arguable that Trump should've punished Saudi Arabia immediately rather than resorting to threats first, because the oil price war by nature had the potential to destabilize the entire US economy. This is because through the petrodollar agreement, the value of the US dollar is tied to Saudi oil prices, and the price war meant that the value of the dollar had become less predictable.[5]


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