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 in Press Conference - Various Issues in the Indo-Pacific

"THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. So we had a couple of really great days in India. Prime Minister Modi is a terrific man. He’s a terrific leader. And we have a lot of things going in terms of product being purchased by India.

We just had a meeting. A lot of the press was there. I thought it was a great meeting with some of the biggest businessmen in the world. They come from India. They’re agreeing to invest billions and billions of…

Tibetan New Year

Remarks by Secretary Ross at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Lunar New Year Celebration

"I am happy to participate in today’s Lunar New Year celebration with everyone involved in the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.I am also pleased to co-chair this initiative with our esteemed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. This initiative aims to positively impact the lives of the fastest growing minority population in America.Many thanks also to Vice President Mike Pence, Labor Secretary Scalia, USPS Chairman Mike Duncan, and the Initiative’s new Executive Director, Tina Smith, for joining us here today.A warm welcome to…

Presidential Message on Lunar New Year, 2020

"Melania joins me in sending our warmest greetings to people in the United States and throughout the world celebrating the Lunar New Year.

On this occasion, we join millions around the globe in welcoming the Year of the Rat and embracing a new year filled with opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of others. As those of Asian heritage celebrate this special time of year through fireworks, food, and fellowship with loved ones, we wish them happiness, health, and prosperity in the…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

"I send my best wishes to all our friends around the world, celebrating the Lunar New Year on January 25.

As the Year of the Rat represents the beginning of a new day, let us use this opportunity to renew our commitment to shared resilience and partnership, as we work together to build a world of prosperity and opportunity for all."

Presidential Message on Diwali, 2019

"As Diwali commences, Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration.

For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is an opportunity to commemorate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Throughout this holy time, members of these faiths engage in prayer, light diyas and lanterns, and partake in traditional feasts and other festivities with friends and family.

The observance of Diwali…

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…

Remarks by President Trump Before Meeting With President Battulga of Mongolia

"Q Mr. President, have you thought of a name for the horse yet? [It is tradition for U.S. presidents to be symbolically gifted with a Mongolian horse when meeting with their Mongolian counterparts.]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I did. “Victory.”

Q Victory.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much for the horse. Did you see a picture of the horse?

Q Not yet.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Beautiful.

Mongolia — they’re great fighters. You know, they’re great fighters, great wrestlers, great champions. Right? And we have the grand champion…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks on New Zealand Waitangi Day

"Waitangi Day reminds us of our two nations’ long, deep, and enduring friendship. The first U.S. Consul to New Zealand, James Reddy Clendon, was there to witness Te Tiriti o Waitangi in February 1840.

One hundred eighty years since the first U.S. Consul to Aotearoa was appointed, the United States and New Zealand remain steadfast partners. We appreciate New Zealand’s renewed pledge to bolster security and prosperity in the region through the Pacific Reset policy. This past year, we increased cooperation between our two countries…

Presidential Message in Celebration of the Lunar New Year

"Melania and I send our greetings to those celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Today, people across the United States and around the world mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year with spectacular fireworks displays, joyful festivals, and family gatherings. This is a sacred time for many people of Asian descent, and it is an opportunity for all Americans to honor the important contributions these communities have made to the story of American greatness.

As families, friends, and loved ones gather to welcome the Year…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks on Celebrating the Lunar New Year

"Please accept my best wishes to our friends around the world celebrating the Lunar New Year on February 5.

During this new lunar year, let us continue to strengthen the bonds of friendship with allies and partners as we invite all nations to join us in the endeavor to build a better world for future generations.

May the Year of the Pig bring great health, happiness, and prosperity for all."