Trump Breaks Tradition Of Holding Iftar Dinner At White House
Washington: The US President Donald Trump appears to be determined to set newest itraditions at the White House. According to reports, breaking the decades’ long tradition of hosting Iftar dinner at the White House, Trump has not hosted the dinner celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan.
Unlike his predecessors Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W Bush regimes, his officials did not spend any time planning the event.
Late Sunday evening, the White House issued an official statement, which read — “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.” More: Red Carpet To Be Rolled Out For Modi At White House
“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak”
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, earlier this year, reportedly said that the government would not host the Iftar dinner and also issued a statement for the same of Saturday saying the holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity.
The first Iftar dinner at the White House can be traced back to 1805 when the then President Thomas Jefferson, who was also an advocate of the religious freedom, hosted an Iftar in December the same year to honour Tunisian ambassador Sidi Soliman Mellimelli during the Barbary States.
The invitation read– “Dinner will be on the table precisely at sunset. The favour of an answer is asked.”