No Eid festivities this year at Donald Trump’s White House

The White House issued a statement Saturday evening extending greetings: "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the US renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2017 3:23 pm
Donald Trump, Donald Iftar dinner, Donald Trump Ramadan, Donald Trump Muslims, Indian express, India news President Donald Trump talks with Saudi King Salman as they pose for photos with leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ending the tradition of Iftar in the White House, US President Donald Trump did not throw any dinner party on Sunday to mark the end of the month of Ramadan. With this, the ritual that started under former First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 came to an end. Reportedly, White House officials would get busy for months preparing the Iftar dinner in every administration since Bill Clinton’s — George W Bush and Barack Obama followed the suit.

The White House, however, issued a statement on late Saturday evening extending greetings:

“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” the statement reads. “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.”

“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.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rejected requests of the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception marking Eid al-Fitr, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision, as reported by CNN.

Like Trump’s predecessors, all Secretary of States before Tillerson also hosted iftar dinner to break the fast during Ramadan.

Before, Trump has tried to impose travel ban on people coming from several Muslim-majority countries. Despite his overture to Saudi Arabia during his visit to the Middle East, he relations with Muslims has been fraught with tensions.

The first White House Iftar dinner was hosted by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 for a Tunisian envoy, then it was revived by Hillary Clinton in 1997.

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    Chandu Shah
    Jun 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    Islamic countries desecrate places of worship of other faiths. Trump is absolutely right in doing what he did
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      Bharat
      Jun 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm
      Arabs have been celebrating chrismas along with Christian settled there. Likewise muslims celebrates Dipawali along with their neighbours. It is respect to each other, may or may not. Trump if so hates muslims must disengage with all muslim countries. USA is opportunist who kills it's friends. Biggest foolish are Arab rulers who engage foreigners and deposit money in US banks.
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        Chandu Shah
        Jun 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm
        What you have said is totally wrong. In Saudi Arabia there is not a single place of worship of other faiths
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        NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
        Jun 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm
        Celebrating festivals of other religions is not the tradition of the White House. It is said that not all American citizens who are Hindus appreciate this practice first begun by Bill Clinton.
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          Keerthana
          Jun 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm
          Good decision Mr Trump. Kudos
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            Arjun
            Jun 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm
            Has anyone heard of a Head of State of a Muslim country officially celebrating Christmas / Diwali? I will be very surprised if there is even 1.
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              Murthy
              Jun 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm
              Leftie-Libtards never see the ONE SIDED bend in this. If we point this out they would call you and me 'Hindutva' fanatics. They are saying, in effect, there is NO obligation on Muslims to show "Good Will" to Hindus and Christians. Every one of us has obligations towards Muslims, but the latter have no obligations towards us. When Premier Nawaz Shariff of Sthan wished Hindus of Sindh 'Happy Diwali', it made news in India and Sthan. Many Islamic 'Clerics' accused him of being Anti-Islam....!!!
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                Jai hind
                Jun 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                When will u stop this hate mongering activity dude ... All will go to grave one day .. If u have some thing to pont out there are many other ways to express it without calling names ,bullying , and abusing ..y do u expose ur arrogance in every comment .u can Xpress it in a calm an cool manner ..pheww...don't u get fed up of calling ur bros (as per the pledge of the nation ) libtards ,sickular ,muzzues , porki , looters ... How do u live with such a narrow mind n this butiful society
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                Jai hind
                Jun 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm
                Yup UAE does ,Malaysia does , Qatar does ...these are the Muslim countries where we Indians are settled more .... Wotta invention boss ...u get zero marks for that hate mongering one
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                desi pundit
                Jun 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm
                Now the world cannot say that Trump did not do a single thing right. Any infidel who sucks up to muslims for whatever reason is an i diot. No I am not a rrs monkey or bjp goon. Just a person who hate the evils which are inflicting the humanity.
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                  Mumbo Jumbo
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm
                  well... after all, he is the US president and it's up to his mood whether to or not to.. and we can't do anything about it...
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                    lafanga
                    Jun 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm
                    Imagine my complete lack of surprise.
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                      Murthy
                      Jun 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                      Imagine our complete lack of surprise at your reaction. Everyone is committing wrong against your lot, but you are as innocent and pure as falling snow flakes... What have you done to the nearly 30 per cent of Hindus and Sikhs in Sthan (1947)? What have you done to the FIVE HUNDRED Hindu Mandhirs in Sthan ? Why are you kidnapping girls of Hindu families, the few still leftin Sthan, and forcibly converting them to Islam - even Nawaz Shariff condemned it. But it did not make any difference.
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                        Jai hind
                        Jun 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                        Phewww if u are such bothered go fight there man .y the f ## u break the Harmony wot v already have in India ... Go fight until u feel self relieved and stay there as the Savior for all .... We will be happy to have one hate monger less
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