Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism (2020)

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism

This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to the military, United States national security, and anti-terrorism actions in 2020.

Among other national security-related actions in 2020, the DHS worked to ensure safety at houses of worship in the U.S.[1] Additionally, the DOJ cracked down on Chinese espionage and intellectual property theft,[2] and the Armed Forces expanded their efforts to counter China.[3] The Trump Administration prioritized combating the terrorism network supported by Iran in a way that the Obama Administration never did,[4] and it took strong action against Islamic terrorism in general.[5] The Armed Forces also worked to expand and improve its cyber operations.[6] The U.S. continued working to ensure election security.[7]

For national security actions directly related to U.S. trade policy, see Donald Trump achievements: Trade policy. For national security actions directly related to immigration and border security, see Donald Trump achievements: Immigration and border security. For diplomatic actions related to military, national security, and anti-terrorism, see Donald Trump achievements: Foreign policy.

Executive actions, 2020

National security

The Trump Administration made several achievements related to U.S. national security:

  • January 3, 2020—The Coast Guard and Air Force announced they had banned the Chinese app TikTok, following the Army and Navy.[8]
  • January 3, 2020—The Trump Administration acted to limit exports of artificial intelligence and satellite imagery software, implementing a 2018 law signed by President Trump.[9]
  • January 13, 2020—The Treasury Department released rules to increase scrutiny of foreign investment efforts.[10]
  • February 19, 2020—The State Department designated five Chinese media outlets as "foreign missions" for the CCP.[11]
  • May 12, 2020—President Trump halted federal pension funds from being invested in Chinese companies, many of which have ties to the CCP.[12]
  • June 22, 2020—The Trump Administration designated four Chinese media outlets as "foreign missions" for their propaganda.[13]
  • July 21, 2020—The DOJ indicted two Chinese nationals over extreme hacking operations.[14]
  • July 24, 2020—A Chinese fugitive with ties to the CCP in San Francisco was arrested for visa fraud.[15]


The Trump Administration made several achievements related to anti-terrorism actions and operations:

  • 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.[19] Soleimani's death was a significant setback for Iran,[20] and President Trump strongly defended his decision[21] along with other administration officials.[22] Even when speaking strongly against Iran, President Trump and other administration officials also spoke in favor of Middle East peace and against endless wars.[23]
  • July 23, 2020—President Trump sent a tactical team of federal officers to Seattle amidst violent, far-left riots in the city.[27]


  1. Multiple references:
  2. Gertz, Bill (January 8, 2020). 'Economic espionage': Special DOJ unit cracks down on China's illicit activities. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  3. Multiple references:
  4. Dunleavy, Jerry (January 12, 2020). Trump prioritizes fight against Iran-backed narcoterrorist network Obama neglected: DEA official. Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. Fleitz, Fred (January 14, 2020). Fred Fleitz: Pensacola shooting – Trump is honest about radical Islam threat, Obama tried to ignore it. Fox News. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  6. Read, Russ (January 14, 2020). 'We want to win the next war': US Army will revamp cyber operations to counter Russia and China. Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  7. Giaritelli, Anna (January 14, 2020). 'Top national security priority': Trump official seeks to assure local leaders on election integrity. Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
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  13. US moves to restrict Chinese media outlets as ‘propaganda’
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  17. Nelson, Steven, Hicks, Nolan and Hogan, Bernadette (September 21, 2020). De Blasio, Cuomo fume as DOJ puts ‘anarchist’ NYC funds on chopping block. New York Post. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
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  19. 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:
  20. Multiple references: Examples of Suleimani's destabilizing actions and statements:
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  23. Multiple references: See also: Statements by other officials:
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