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]


The Trump Administration continued taking a tough stance against China.[6] It also supported Taiwan, as seen in its congratulating the country for re-electing its anti-Communist president.[7]


The Trump Administration took actions against Iran and continued taking a tough stance against the country.[8]

  • 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.[9] Soleimani's death was a significant setback for Iran,[10] and President Trump strongly defended his decision[11] along with other administration officials.[12] Even when speaking strongly against Iran, President Trump and other administration officials also spoke in favor of Middle East peace and against endless wars.[13]
  • January 3, 2020—The U.S. designated the Iraqi militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, supported by Iran, as a foreign terrorist organization.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]

North Korea

  • January 14, 2020—The U.S. blacklisted two companies for violating UN labor sanctions against North Korea.[17]


  1. Multiple references:
  2. Cuba under ‘maximum pressure’ by Trump in 2020. Miami Herald. December 31, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  3. Multiple references: See also:
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  8. Multiple references: See also: Notably, on January 11, 2020, President Trump expressed support for Iranian anti-government protestors:
  9. Multiple references: Additional details on the airstrike: Soleimani was not the only prominent militant killed in the airstrike: The U.S.'s increasing energy independence allowed it to make such action with less fear of repercussions from Iran: Op-eds on the matter: See also:
  10. Multiple references: Examples of Suleimani's destabilizing actions and statements:
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  13. Multiple references: See also: Statements by other officials:
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  15. Multiple references: Transcripts of President Trump's remarks: Various specific statements in President Trump's address: See also:
  16. Multiple references: See also:
  17. Multiple references: