Wednesday , 18 July 2018

Trump to host his first-ever Iftar Wednesday

Sejuti Mourin: In recognition of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, US President Trump is scheduled to host an iftar dinner at the White House, reported Politico on Saturday.
According to the publication, the dinner will take place on Wednesday and will mark the first time Trump will host the Ramadan meal after his controversial announcement previous year, claiming not to honor the presidential tradition.
The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Last year, Trump faced backlash for breaking the nearly two-decade-old tradition by forgoing the commemorative dinner embraced by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who started the dinners at the White House.
The iftar dinner at the White House is usually attended by prominent members of the Muslim community, diplomats and Congress members.
Trump has also faced criticism over his comments on Muslims as well as his travel ban restricting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries.
In a statement the president issued last month at the start of Ramadan, he said, “Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life.”

Source: The Hill

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