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.; former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.


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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

On April 11, 2019, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed President Moon Jae-in and Madam Kim Jung-sook of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the White House. President Trump and President Moon discussed our two countries’ mutual goals of achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the way forward with the DPRK following the Hanoi Summit. President Trump reiterated that he has…

President Trump's Meeting with South Korean President Moon

Interview With Norah O'Donnell of CBS This Morning - China, North Korea, and South Korea

"QUESTION: First, let’s talk about Mar-a-Lago. A Chinese woman goes into the President’s private club, she’s got four cell phones, she’s got malware. Is this an act of espionage?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I can’t talk about the details of the incident. There’s an active investigation taking place. But I think this tells the American people the threat that China poses, the efforts that they’re making here inside the United States not only against government officials, but more broadly. It’s one of the topics that’s being…

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

"Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha March 29 in Washington. They discussed coordinated efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) and updated each other on respective U.S. and R.O.K. engagements with the D.P.R.K. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang praised the enduring strength of the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance. Both sides expressed their commitment to cooperation across the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the R.O.K. New Southern Policy, as well as…

Secretary Pompeo's Interview With Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer of KTRH Houston's Morning News - North and South Korea

"QUESTION: All right, again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us here on NewsRadio 740, KTRH. Obviously the President met not that long ago with Kim Jong-un in an attempt to try to move things a little bit forward in our dealings with North Korea. There’s been all sorts of reports about whether or not the North Koreans are restarting up some of their nuclear program. Is there anything you can tell us about that and bring us up to date on that story?

President Trump's Remarks on Military Drills with South Korea

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Large Diameter Welded Pipe from Canada, Greece, China, India, Korea, and Turkey

"Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the initiation of new antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine whether imports of large diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, Korea, and Turkey are being dumped in the United States and/or if producers are receiving unfair subsidies.

“With an 81 percent increase in trade cases initiated since President Trump took office, this Administration has made it clear that we will vigorously administer antidumping and countervailing duty laws,” said Secretary Ross. “When…

President Trump's Remarks in a Cabinet Meeting - China and South Korea

"We have a big team over in China right now, and they’re working very hard, dealing with the Chinese. We want very much to make a deal. We’ll see what happens. But the tariffs are bringing a tremendous amount of money to our Treasury. And as you read, of the 21 points — and actually, the number would be 25 now, on the areas that are taxed at 25. China is paying for 21, and we’re paying for 4. So that’s pretty good.

But we’re…

President Trump's Remarks at Rally in El Paso, Texas - China and South Korea