The Trump Administration & US - Indo-Pacific Relations

This resource will track statements, developments, visits, and other interactions in US-Indo-Pacific relations under the President Trump administration. Special focus will be given to the comments and activities of President Donald J. Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer; Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.; and (former) Secretary of Defense James Mattis.


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Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal

"Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal today in Washington. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the enduring strength of the U.S.-Nepal partnership and the close people-to-people ties that form the foundation of the relationship. The two leaders discussed Nepal’s $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact; Nepal’s central role in a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific; and global issues, including North Korea. The Secretary noted that today’s historic meeting demonstrates the U.S. commitment to its strong partnership with Nepal. He emphasized the great…

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters

"Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters at the Department of State. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Peters for New Zealand’s continued support in working towards the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un and for New Zealand’s assistance in countering terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. They discussed the strategic relationship between the United States and New Zealand, our strong trade and commercial ties, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in partnership…

Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand

"Vice President Pence met today with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand. The two reaffirmed the close strategic partnership between the United States and New Zealand and committed to maintaining the close ties of friendship between our two countries. Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Peters discussed the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy, with a particular focus on the Pacific Islands region. The Vice President welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister’s recent announcement of increased New Zealand assistance to Pacific Island nations. The two…

Secretary Pompeo's Interview With Hugh Hewitt of the Hugh Hewitt Show - China

"QUESTION: Now Mr. Secretary, you also noted in your speech about the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] that there’s no advantage, no reason the United States should continue to cede this crucial military advantage to the revisionist powers like China, talking about China’s new missile capability. In the ’60 campaign, John F. Kennedy scored Richard Nixon for a missile gap. Do we presently have a, quote “hypersonics gap,” close quote, with China?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I don’t want to say much about gaps because they…

Secretary Ross's Statement on U.S. International Trade Commission's Recent Actions Against China

"Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made the following statement on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) recent unanimous decision for its final affirmative injury determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations involving Chinese imports of common alloy aluminum sheet:

'The Department of Commerce will not stand idly by while products are illicitly forced upon U.S. markets,' said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. 'I applaud the International Trade Commission for this determination in holding bad actors accountable for their actions on the…

Interview With Lukas & Careth In The Morning, B98 FM - North Korea

"QUESTION: I love it. Okay, so you spent a lot of time in North Korea. We’re so interested in the – I mean, every time I turn on the TV you’re there and doing all the business that’s never been – never happened before in the history. Can you give us some details about that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s been quite a experience to have the opportunity to try and figure out how to deliver for President Trump the outcome that Chairman Kim promised, right, to…

President Trump's Remarks on Meeting with China - Part 1

President Trump's Remarks on Meeting with China - Part 2