US President Donald Trump yesterday spoke of the historical and cultural values that the US and Greece share ahead of the latters upcoming Independence Day on March 25th. Trump also noted that Greek Independence Day has been celebrated at the White House since 1987 and will continue to do so for years to come.
Trump said that Greece’s “enduring influence” is evident not just in the principles that have shaped western civilization, in culture, science and architecture, but also “through so many Americans of Greek descent who contribute so much to this nation that we love.” He also expressed his deep gratitude to Archbishop Demetrius, who was also in attendance, describing the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as “highly respected and a great gentleman.”
Archbishop Demetrius also spoke at length and echoed Trump’s comments on the shared values of both countries: “Our American Declaration of Independence speaks of truths that are self-evident. It is a paradox that such self-evident truths are often the ones that we must advocate most passionately and defend more strenuously time and time again, frequently with enormous sacrifices,” he said. “The Greek War of Independence is a prime example of this. Mr President, we are grateful that you share these vital American and universal principles and we kindly ask that you continue to affirm them all the more in this troubled world,” he said.