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The Trump White House marked the National Day for the Victims of Communism on Tuesday, just one day before President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit China.
The proclamation comes on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, which took place in Russia. It’s a bold statement from the Trump administration ahead of the president’s visit to the largest communist nation still in existence.
The White House's proclamation reads:
Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.
Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.
Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.
Trump is scheduled to talk trade and the threat posed by North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders. The trip follows recent visits to Japan and South Korea.