Statement from the Press Secretary

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump arrives for a political rally at Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, on August 21, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Indonesian people in mourning the passing of their former President, B.J. Habibie.

Amidst the severe challenges that accompanied the end of the Soeharto era, Dr. Habibie exercised great leadership in preserving Indonesia’s unity and pluralistic traditions, and in facilitating the country’s emergence as one of the great democracies of the world.

Dr. Habibie, an accomplished engineer, will also be remembered for his contributions to Indonesia’s scientific and technological advancement, including in its domestic aviation industry, a soaring example of the creativity and determination of the Indonesian people.


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