United States presidents have also declined to do so, calling the deaths at the hands of the Ottoman Empire an atrocity, but not a genocide. It started near Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue in Little Armenia.
"It's an important thing for the Armenian community, and hopefully to spread awareness to American citizens", one participant told NBC4 at the onset of the rally. "Our gratitude to dozen of countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide", the Arsenal midfielder continued. In Los Angeles, thousands of people are expected to take part in the annual March for Justice, marching from Pan Pacific Park to the Turkish consulate.
Whereas Armenia, joined by its powerful diaspora institutions around the world, describe the killings as "genocide" with a highly inflated estimate of up to 1.5 million deaths.
The government then agreed to send a minister to the commemoration of the Armenian genocide in Yerevan, in line with parliament's wishes, without formally recognising the genocide as such.
The Turkish government vehemently opposes the use of the word genocide to describe the Armenian deaths, saying instead they occurred in the chaos of World War I. Turkey holds strategic importance to the USA military, which operates out of bases in that nation.
Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, also failed to recognize the genocide during his eight years in office, despite indications during his original campaign that he would do so.
"Between 1915 and 1923, Armenians were subjected to torture, starvation, mass murder and exile from their historic homeland", according to the proclamation.
"It's been more than a century since the Ottoman Empire began the Armenian Genocide". We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered.
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) called on Trump to end America's "Turkey First" approach to Meds Yeghern.
"We are not going to make any sharp geopolitical moves", he said.
"U.S. credibility on human rights and genocide prevention will be better served when we unequivocally affirm the Armenian Genocide".
Pashinyan said he would not accept a new prime minister drawn from the ranks of the Republican Party, which Sarksyan, the man he forced to resign, still leads.