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6 Trump Foreign Policy Successes

6 Trump Foreign Policy Successes

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 May 2018 11:02 AM

President Donald Trump can already tout numerous foreign policy successes less than two years into his term.

Whether dealing North Korea, the Middle East or with NATO allies, Trump has proven he will not hesitate to make waves to get things done.

Here are six of Trump's foreign policy successes during his term.

1. North Korea: After Trump's United Nation's speech last fall, some would have considered relations with North Korea were on the brink of nuclear war. Instead, Reuters reported, that country has suspended its nuclear and missile testing, held bilateral talks with U.S. ally South Korea and agreed to a historic sitdown with the U.S. in June. The move could lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, something unimaginable before Trump took office.

2. NATO Increase in Defense Spending: Trump used the bully pulpit to get NATO allies to foot more of the bill on military spending. After being criticized for challenging European allies, Bloomberg reported in March that NATO members increased their overall military spending for a second straight year to 2.42 percent of gross national product. NATO's increase in 2016 is its first increase since 2009, Bloomberg said.

3. ISIS Defeat: Last week, Iraq held its first parliamentary elections since the U.S. helped lead the defeat of the Islamic State's insurgence there last year, CNN reported. In April, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., director of the Joint Staff, said work done by the U.S. and its partners in Iraq and Syria has led to near defeat of the so-called "caliphate" that blossomed during the Obama administration.

"(We are) very close to reaching an end state against the caliphate," Pentagon representative Dana White said in April, according to the Department of Defense. "We have always said that our mission in Syria is the defeat of ISIS. That is nearly here, but it's not done."

4. Saudi-Israeli Friendship: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman argued in late April that the Palestinians should step up and negotiate, a statement that moved them in partnership with the U.S. and Israel. The view removed Palestinian statehood from being central to Middle East peace, according to The Hill. Al Jazeera said Mohammed bin Salman and Jared Kushner have a close relation and Kushner has reached out to the prince as the administration's team oversees negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

5. Jerusalem Embassy: Trump's decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem is beginning to have a trickle effect as other countries are starting to make the same move, CNBC reported. Guatemala moved its embassy to the Israeli city, and Paraguay and Romania are considering the move as well. The move has been met with controversy and the Palestinians have boycotted peace efforts since Trump's announcement of the move last year. The new U.S. embassy there officially opened Monday.

6. Iran Held Accountable: Trump walked away from the Iran nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negotiated under the Obama administration. The Trump administration charged that the deal only delayed and not stopped Iran's nuclear ambitions and the country was using money from the deal to support terrorism in the Middle East through proxies, USA Today reported.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a list of 12 conditions Iran must meet if it wants Washington to end its new pressure, which includes ending uranium enrichment or plutonium processing, allowing U.N. inspectors to have "unqualified access" to all suspect facilities in Iran, and military facilities where covert and illicit nuclear weapons development has occurred in the past can no longer be off-limits.

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