Trump declares national day to remember 'victims of communism'

Washington (AFP) –


President Donald Trump declared Tuesday a "National Day for the Victims of Communism" to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

"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," the White House said in a statement.

"Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism," it added, stressing the United States' determination to "shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future."

The declaration was made one day before President Trump, currently on a 12-day tour of Asia, leaves South Korea for China -- a communist nation since 1949.

Trump has previously referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a "friend," and praised him Tuesday as being "very, very helpful" in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea.