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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Remarks by President Trump and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain Before Bilateral Meeting - North Korea

"Q Did Chairman Kim invite you to North Korea in that (inaudible)?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t want to comment on that.

Q Okay.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The relationship is very good, but I don’t want to comment on it.

Q Would you be willing to go there?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I just don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment.

Q Would you be willing to go to North Korea?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Probably not. I don’t think it’s ready. I don’t think we’re ready for that. I…

The Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday

"On behalf of the United States Government and its people, I would like to wish the people of South and North Korea, and Koreans around the world, a happy Chuseok holiday. During this time of homecoming and gift giving, of food and family, we are all reminded to pause and give thanks for the many blessings of this life.

We also take this time of contemplation to recognize the strength of our alliance with the Republic of Korea, which stands on a solid foundation of…

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Rick Everett of KQAM - North Korea and China

"QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, an upcoming United Nations meeting – conference in New York. Do you have expectations or anticipations of positives that may come of that for the United States?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So yes, the world will be gathered at the UN in the – goodness, it’s the third week of September. Leaders from all around the world will come together.

I hope we can do a handful of things. I hope we can continue to make progress on the denuclearization of North Korea. I…

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week - North Korea

"QUESTION: Meantime, on North Korea, their nuclear program, the talks have stalled since the Hanoi summit, and North Korea continues to test missiles. U.S. intelligence has concluded that they continue to add to their stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel as well. Are you concerned at all that Kim Jong-un is stringing President Trump along?

SECRETARY POMPEO: George, we took office with nuclear tests being conducted and long-range missile tests being conducted with all too great a frequency. President Trump and my team have been working…

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Pete Mundo of KCMO - North Korea

"QUESTION: Well, it’s great to have you back in the state. And I know you obviously have a lot on your plate around the world right now. It’s – there’s never a slow time for you, even though it might be slow for Congress right now. When you look at what is happening right now, Mr. Secretary, with North Korea and some of the missile tests that they are undergoing, it seems like there have been corners of the administration that don’t seem overly concerned…

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 101st American Legion National Convention - China and North Korea

"We’ve put China on notice that we will no longer tolerate their unfair and abusive trade practices. And the United States military will ensure the freedom of navigation on the Seven Seas around the world. (Applause.) [...]

Beyond that, from the outset of this administration, this President also stood strong against North Korean aggression, and now North Korea is at the negotiating table. As I stand before you today, there’s no more nuclear tests, no more threats against America. Three historic meetings have taken place. And…

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Esper - China, North Korea, Japan, and South Korea

"Earlier this month, I traveled to the Indo-Pacific region on my first overseas trip. Many of you traveled with me. That region is our priority theater, so it was important to demonstrate my commitment to our allies and partners there and to hear firsthand from my foreign counterparts and heads of state.

Together, we are committed to defending our shared values and upholding core principles such as respect for all nations' sovereignty, adherence to international rules and norms, and to our mutual security.

It is…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Karen Campbell of NBC WTHR - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: I wanted to start out talking about the G7 summit, just wrapped up. President Trump talked about a lot of issues, and what I want to start with is China and the trade war. Many people believe that these proposed tariffs, if they go through, could lead the U.S. into a potential recession. I wanted to get your thoughts on that.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I used to represent a place not unlike Indiana, but Kansas – farmers, manufacturers. I ran a small manufacturing company…

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting - Japan and North Korea

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be here. We’re having some very good discussions, maybe even great discussions. And I will say that our relationship with Prime Minister Abe and Japan has been, I think, the best it’s ever been. I don’t know, I’ll let you speak to that. But I think it’s the best it’s ever been.

Go ahead.

We’re discussing trade. We’re doing a lot of trade together; a lot of military trade, actually, which is a big…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and North Korea

"THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to France. We’re going to have a good few days. I think it will be very productive seeing a lot of the leaders, who are friends of mine, for the most part. I wouldn’t say in a hundred percent of the cases, but for the most part.

And I think we’re doing very well. Our economy is doing great.

We’re having a little spat with China, and we’ll win it. We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland At a Press Availability - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: To Secretary Pompeo, I understand you’re supporting our government in the case of the two detained Canadians in China. I’m wondering what specifically you’ve committed to.

And to Minister Freeland, the steelworkers are denouncing the decision to lift tariffs on the illegally dumped steel from China in British Columbia and the LNG projects. I’m wondering if you can talk about why that decision was made in light of the two Canadians detained in China.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ll try to take the first one…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Gayle King of CBS This Morning - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: Can I focus on – can we take a look at the protests in Hong Kong, now in its 11th straight week? Extraordinary pictures coming from Hong Kong. There were violent protests at the airport, and now it’s very peaceful but very big – over a million people in the streets. Does the Trump administration support the protestors in Hong Kong?

SECRETARY POMPEO: President Trump captured this, I think perfectly, across the weekend when he said we support democracy, we support liberty. We very…