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 at Signing of Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala - China and North Korea

"Look, I look at deals that were done with other Presidents and this country, and it’s a disgrace that our country has allowed this to happen — where China, for years and years and years was making from $300 billion to $507 billion a year, okay? Now we’re taking in billions of dollars from China, and it’s all turning around.

Whether a deal is made — you know, they’re going next week; they have more meetings. Meeting after meeting. I don’t think, personally, China would…

Secretary Pompeo With Kevin Cirilli of Bloomberg TV - North Korea and China

"QUESTION: I mean, there’s so much going on around the world. I mean, coming up with these questions, there’s literally like hot pockets all around the world. Just within the last 24 hours, the North Koreans test-firing two new short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday. How does this impact the denuclearization talks with Kim Jong-un?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Look, everybody tries to get ready for negotiations and create leverage, and create risk for the other side. President Trump has been incredibly consistent here. We want diplomacy to…

Secretary Pompeo With Bret Baier of FOX News - North Korea and China

"QUESTION: North Korea. Ambassador Bolton was in South Korea, and North Korea just launched these two missiles, 30 miles in the air. It’s made – North Korea has made clear it does not like the national security advisor, they do not particularly like you. They talk about you quite a bit. What message is the administration taking from this latest action?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So when the President and Chairman Kim were together now just a few weeks back in the DMZ, Chairman Kim made two…

Secretary Pompeo With Buck Sexton of iHeartMedia - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: And what can you tell us about the status of the ongoing discussions with the Chinese to get some kind of trade agreement? Obviously, what has been called a trade war has been going on for quite some time. I know the President said there’s been some good stuff recently without a whole lot of specifics. Where are we and what are the stumbling blocks?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Buck, I can’t give you many more specifics either. I had an update earlier this week on…

Secretary Pompeo With Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade of FOX and Friends - North Korea

"QUESTION: A real quick exit question. A couple of weeks ago we saw the President shake hands with Kim Jong-un. Anything going on since then behind the scenes we need to know about?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the State Department has had a number of conversations with the North Koreans. Chairman Kim committed to getting our teams back to the negotiating table. I hope that we will. I hope when they show up they take a position that’s different. This is a simple task in the…

Secretary Pompeo With Justin Warmoth of CBS - North Korea

"QUESTION: I want to ask you about the recent trip to North Korea and the historic trip with the President walking into the denuclearized zone. Talk about being there for that moment and what that ultimately means for the country.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it was really something. The President very much wanted to meet again with Chairman Kim. This would have been the third time he’s had the chance to meet him. I’ve now met him a half dozen or more times. When we came…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Raymond Arroyo of EWTN-TV - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: You have said vis-a-vis religious liberty, “America’s commitment to religious freedom will never waver.” Given that commitment, why have we not heard so much about religious and human rights in the conversation with China? And why not tie those rights, as previous administrations have, to trade?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I think we’ve done that more than perhaps the administration’s been given credit for. Whether it was our consul general in Hong Kong or the statements that have been made by various officials, including me…

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2nd Annual Religious Freedom Ministerial - Myanmar [Burma], China, and North Korea

"We’re also standing up for the persecuted Rohingya people in Burma. While that conflict has fallen along ethnic lines, we cannot ignore the rise of militant Buddhism against Muslim and Christian minorities that’s taken place. A brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya has forced more than 700,000 to flee across the border to Bangladesh. And though the United States has repeatedly urged the Burmese government to hold accountable all those responsible, the government has continued to imprison and harass innocent men and women.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With David Brody of CBN-TV - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: No surprise that China is not here. What is the message to China? You have to work with them on a lot of different issues – trade and others. That Muslim community, the Uighur Muslim community up in China persecuted. What’s the message to China especially as it relates to this event?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the message is really simple. It’s a message that’s no different than that what we share with other countries around the world that aren’t treating every human being with…

Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting - North Korea

"I could possibly say a couple of things about North Korea. When I took over — when I became President, North Korea was ready to go to war. We were, I think, headed to a war. It would have been very quickly, too. It would have been a very bad war, a very rough war. But I believe we were headed in that one direction. There was no communication. There was no talk. There were nuclear weapons being — and nuclear everything being tested. Constantly…

Secretary Pompeo's Interview With Sean Hannity of The Sean Hannity Show - North Korea and China

"QUESTION: What updates can you give us in terms of China and the trade negotiations, and is there any update with North Korea and Kim Jong-un?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So on North Korea, the President’s visit to North Korea, where he went across into North Korea for the first time a president had done that, has given us another chance to sit down with them and have another conversation. And I hope the North Koreans will come to the table with ideas that they didn’t have…

Secretary Pompeo's Interview With Sebastian Gorka of America First - North Korea

"QUESTION: We could discuss so many things. You had an amazing initiative this week with regards to unalienable rights. I want to talk about that. But for a moment, just for our listeners coast to coast, can you take into the truly historic event where you were with the President the first time that an American president since 1953 stepped across the DMZ? What was it like, Mike Pompeo, to be there for that historic moment?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Sebastian, it was really something. It was…