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As President Donald Trump’s second year in office comes to a close, how exactly has he translated his promise of putting 'America First' rhetoric into actionable foreign policy? And what exactly has it meant for the United State’s influence and standing around the world today?

Trump’s 2nd year in office has been incredibly consequential on the world stage. He’s done things like forming new diplomatic relationships with dictators and authoritarian leaders, isolated the U.S. from some of its historically strongest allies, and some, like South Korean President Moon Jae-in, even credit him with improving North and South Korea’s relationship.

In this video we’re going to recap some of 2018’s standout moments in U.S. Foreign policy.

On April 6th, former Trump Administration attorney general Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department’s new 'Zero-Tolerance' policy. The policy resulted in the separation of families who migrated to the U.S. Since it began at least 3,000 children, many of whom were toddlers and babies, have been separated from their parents or caregivers.

Then there was, the Iran Nuclear Deal. On May 8th, Trump withdrew from the landmark agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On May 14th of this year — the administration made an unprecedented, and controversial move, when it relocated its Israeli embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem, one of the issues at the very core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Then there was North Korea. On June 12th — President Trump met face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This marked the first time a U.S. president met with a North Korean head of state.

And can’t forget tariffs on China. On July 6th — the U.S. launched a trade war with China.

The Trump administration followed through on previous threats and imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products.

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