President Trump’s Greeting on the Occasion of the 99th Anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence

President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Trump signed three executive orders related to reducing crime. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Dear Madam President:

The American people join me in sending congratulations to you and all Lithuanians on the 99th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence February 16.

Lithuania is a leader in promoting democracy and strengthening the transatlantic community.  Your support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as your efforts to increase energy diversification, advance our shared goal to enhance European and regional security.

Lithuania is a valued NATO Ally that leads by example through your commitment to our shared defense, as evidenced by increasing your defense spending to achieve NATO’s agreed benchmark.  In addition, Lithuania’s contributions to joint efforts in Afghanistan and to countering ISIS further demonstrate its commitment to advancing global security.

The United States is proud to call Lithuania a friend and Ally.  I look forward to working with you to advance our shared goals.




Donald J. Trump