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 of State Michael R. Pompeo With Raj Chengappa of India Today

QUESTION: Before you came to India, our two countries were literally throwing punches at each other on the trade front, on purchases of oil from Iran, on arms purchases from Russia, and other issues. You met Prime Minister Modi today, you met Foreign Minister Jaishankar, as well as the national security advisor, Ajit Doval. What are the big takeaways from this – these meetings, and where would you say that India-U.S. relations stands up to this?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, I’m not sure I’d agree with…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar At a Press Availability

"SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be here. It’s great for me to be able to get in here so quickly after the election, the enormous election that Prime Minister Modi won. Having run a few campaigns myself, it was incredibly impressive, and the mandate that he’s received I think is incredibly important.

Minister Jaishankar, it’s great to be with you. It’s great to have a chance to spend as much time as we had here today. I know we’ll get…

President Trump's Remarks on India's Tariffs

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-India Business Council Ideas Summit and 44th Annual Meeting

Thanks also to the U.S.-India Business Council for the opportunity to participate in your 44th Annual Meeting. And thank you for your efforts and dedication to enhancing the Economic strategic ties between our two democracies.

Congratulations to Prime Minister Modi on achieving a strong and decisive mandate from the people of India for a second term in office. As President Trump said, we look forward to working with the Prime Minister and his administration to address our mutual trade opportunities, and investment potential.


Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the India Ideas Summit and 44th Annual Meeting of the U.S.-India Business Council

"SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, and good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for having me here. I certainly want to thank the India Ideas Summit, U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue, as well as the USIBC President Nisha Biswal for inviting me to address this esteemed group. I want to also acknowledge Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin – where are you at? Right there.

You know it’s bilateral; I saw on the program today not only Matt but New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, so we got a bipartisan agenda. It’s…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks to the Press - India

"SECRETARY POMPEO: A couple things this afternoon. First, I’ll give some remarks later this week that are consistent with what we’ve been working on for my entire time here in the Indo-Pacific. I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific. And I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how…

Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 - India

"1. In Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, the President designated India as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.). [...]

4. Consistent with section 502(d)(1) of the 1974 Act, and having considered the factors set forth in sections 501 and 502(c), I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets. Accordingly, it is appropriate to terminate India’s designation as a…