South Africa’s Freedom Day: A Message from U.S. President Donald J. Trump

The White House
Statements & Releases
April 27, 2020

A Message from U.S. President Donald J. Trump to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Africans as they Celebrate Freedom Day 

Dear Mr. President:

Please accept my warm wishes as you and South Africans around the world celebrate Freedom Day on April 27, the anniversary of the launch of South Africa’s vibrant democracy. In these troubling times, with the entire world ravaged by a horrific pandemic, it is important to remember the bright occasions that unify our people and uplift our spirits. The celebration of South Africa’s first multiracial elections is a chance to reflect on our shared values of freedom, compassion, and the respect for human rights and human dignity and our shared goal for prosperity and peace.

The United States and South Africa share strong social, economic, and educational ties, and I am pleased that our bilateral relationship continues to grow.  I know that you share my desire to deepen these links in pursuit of mutual prosperity, strengthen our health and security cooperation, and reinforce our people-to-people connections.  Our work together to confront the COVID-19 pandemic is an example of our robust cooperation.

The American people join me in wishing every blessing on the South African people. I look forward to working together with you to advance peace and security and promote trade and economic growth in Africa and around the world.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump