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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Tonga’s National Day

"On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Kingdom of Tonga as you celebrate your 144th National Day this year on November 4, 2019.

The United States and Tonga have a long friendship based on strong people-to-people ties, common values, and a shared commitment to building and safeguarding free and open trade, communities, and cultural exchange between us and our friends and partners throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Our enduring friendship, founded on these principles, is manifested through programs such…

The Federated States of Micronesia’s National Day

"On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Federated States of Micronesia on the 33rd anniversary of your independence on November 3.

The United States and the Federated States of Micronesia have a long friendship based on a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. To achieve this vision, we have worked together to promote regional stability and enhance economic development. I was honored to be the first Secretary of State to visit the Federated States of Micronesia…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks at The Heritage Foundation

"The truth is that China is a strategic competitor at best that uses coercion and corruption as its tools of statecraft. (Applause.) The truth is that we can’t rely on failed strategies to convince Chairman Kim to give up his nuclear weapons; there’s still much work to be done. [...]And I traveled not just to Australia, India, and Thailand to present our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, but I also had the opportunity to be the first Secretary of State in history to…

Remarks by Secretary Esper at an Honor Cordon Welcoming President of the Federated States of Micronesia Panuelo to the Pentagon

"SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK T. ESPER: Well, President Panuelo, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Pentagon and to meet you for the first time. Thank you very much for coming here today.

I understand you just arrived from a visit to INDOPACOM, and I hope you enjoyed your meeting with our personnel in Hawaii.

The security relationship between the United States and Micronesia continues to be very close, and I'm hopeful it will get even closer.

We are very proud, as you…