2020 US Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific

The 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource highlights mentions of Indo-Pacific issues by US presidential candidates and nominees in speeches, campaign documents, and debates.

To view statements by President Trump prior to his June 18, 2019 declaration to seek a second term, as well as members of his Cabinet, visit The Trump Administration & US - Indo-Pacific Relations.

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President Trump in Fayetteville, North Carolina - China

Remarks by President Trump in Briefing on Hurricane Dorian - China

"Q Sir, if this storm stays on track, going through Georgia and the Carolinas —


Q — it will hit farmland. Many farmers are already having problems there. What do you have in place to help them if there is devastation —

THE PRESIDENT: Good question.

Q — as there has been in the past?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re very well prepared for that. Last time, if you remember, when it hit Mexico Beach, we — wiped out a large, large farm areas…

President Trump's Remarks on CNN's Climate Town Hall - China

Remarks by President Trump at the Announcement of State Opioid Response Grants - China

"Q Mr. President, back on China. Before you even became President, the relationship with this nation and China was complicated. And now, tensions have escalated with a war of words.

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think it’s complicated, April. I think it’s very simple. We can’t be ripped off by China anymore. You know, I think he understands that. I actually think our relationship now is much less complicated than it was previous to me, when they were ripping off our country.

Q So here’s the…

President Trump's Remarks on Trade Negotiations with China - Part 2

Remarks by President Trump After Marine One Arrival - China

"Q On China, sir, the new tariffs (inaudible) — have you spoken to President Xi?

THE PRESIDENT: So China is moving along. We’re doing very well. It was brought out very strongly today by a number of great economists that, because China has devalued their currency so much, that, in fact, they are actually paying for all of the tariffs. We have — in addition to that, as you know, they’re pouring money into their economy. So those two things, they are paying for their…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and Hong Kong

Q Are the tariffs that you’re planning for China still on for Sunday? Or are you considering not putting them on?

THE PRESIDENT: No, they’re on. They’re on. We’ve taken in billions and billions of dollars from those tariffs. And as it’s starting to come out, if you look at the Chinese government — China — what they’ve done with tariffs is very interesting. They’ve devalued their currency so much, which hurts them ultimately. It costs them much more to buy things outside of China.

President Trump's Remarks on Trade Negotiations with China