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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Australia-Japan-United States Defense Ministers’ Meeting Joint Statement

"Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Japanese Minister of Defense KONO Taro, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper convened a virtual trilateral defense ministerial meeting on July 7 (Washington). The ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to enhance security, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region in keeping with their shared values and longstanding alliances and close partnerships. This was the ninth meeting among the three nations’ defense leaders.

The ministers concurred that the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of a rules-based international order in…

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President Trump's Remarks on the US-Australia Alliance

Secretary Pompeo's Toast to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"Well, good afternoon and welcome – or should I say G’day? (Laughter.) It is, in fact, that. It is my great honor and privilege to welcome you, Prime Minister Morrison, to the State Department. You hosted, along with your beautiful wife, hosted Susan and me just last month in Sydney. It was spectacular. For our next meal in America, we want you to come out to the real Outback in Kansas – (laughter) – where the people, much like all across America, are kindred spirits…

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison of Australia Before Bilateral Meeting - China

"Q Mr. President, will you be asking Australia to do more when it comes to China?


Q Will you be asking Australia to do more when it comes to China?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re talking about China all the time. And Scott has very strong opinions on China. And I think I’d let him, maybe, express those opinions. Maybe you do it right now. You’re not going to get a better audience than this. (Laughter.)


Media Availability by Secretary Esper En Route to Tokyo

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK T. ESPER: Yeah, so first things first.

First good few days, and -- in Australia and -- and New Zealand. I think I often just (inaudible) since I had a chance in each country to meet with my counterpart and fellow defense minister and I had a chance to meet with the foreign ministers, and I had a chance to even meet with -- or chat with the prime ministers of each country. So very good -- very good in that…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo with Peta Credlin of Sky News - Indo-Pacific and China

"QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, welcome. You’re in Australia for the AUSMIN talks, the annual talks with defense and foreign affairs ministers here in Australia. They happen annually, as I said. On your way here, you were part of the trilateral dialogue – Australia, the United States, and Japan. You made some really strong comments about your return to the region, renewed focus in our region. Today you reiterated that the U.S. is a Pacific power and you’re here to stay. In practical terms, what does that…

Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019

"The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia following the 29th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).

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'Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds hosted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on 4 August in Sydney for the 29th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to deepen economic, security, and strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.

As Prime Minister Morrison and President…