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Malaysia–United States relations are bilateral ties between the two countries.Malaysia and the United States established diplomatic ties upon Malayan independence in 1957.Malaya was the predecessor state to Malaysia, a larger federation which was formed through the merger of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore in 1963.Immediately before the merger, the latter three territories were previously part of the British Empire.But the US had consular and commercial presence in Malaya since the 1800s.
Political relations however became strained under the rule of Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir who ruled from 1981 until 2003 was critical of the foreign policy of the United States at the time, especially the foreign policy of Bush administration.
In 2002, Malaysia-US Friendship Council was established to strengthen the friendship between the Malaysian government and the US government. and sponsored by leading Malaysian companies to offer advice on matters relating to bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), was appointed as the Secretary-General for this council. Following the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election, the relations continue to be strengthened with Najib was among the international leaders that congratulated Trump and looked forward to continuing a partnership with the US under his presidency.
Malaya at one time was the largest single producer of both commodities and the US was the largest importer of Malayan tin.
By 1917, rubber became Malaya's most important exports and the US absorbed 77% of Malaya's total rubber production.