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US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in Oval office

The tradition of Diwali celebration was first started by former President George Bush

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 18, 2017 10:15 am
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US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali in Oval Office of the White House along with senior Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and community leaders. Cabinet ranking Haley is US Ambassador to the UN and Seema Verma is administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission and Raj Shah his Principle Deputy Press Secretary were among those from his administration. Daughter Ivanka Trump also joined the President in celebration of Diwali celebrations.

Last year Ivanka, who is now a presidential advisor, had visited Hindu temples in Virginia and Florida as part of Diwali. Trump, then as the Republican presidential nominee, had addressed the Indian-American community from a public meeting in New Jersey wherein he lit the traditional diya.

The tradition of Diwali celebration was first started by former President George Bush. During his term it was celebrated mostly in the India Treaty Room of the adjacent executive office building, which is part of the White House Complex.

Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations. In the first year of his presidency, his successor Barack Obama, lit the ceremonial Diya in the East Rook of the White House. Thereafter he made it a point in celebrating the festival of lights in one way or the year.

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    Oct 23, 2017 at 11:31 pm
    Nice! Modi was suppressed by previous Sonia administration from interacting with the US. They spread lies all around including their Commie friends at uS universities. Congress went against the wishes of Hindus. Now Rahul is running around trying to meet Indian Americans but many are still angry at his mother and Manmohan.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Oct 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm
      Indians should have asked for H1B visas for jobless Indians. Trump was in good mood or he would have thrown out every Indian working for him like he does. It was worth taking risk.
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        RAJKISHORE HOTA
        Oct 18, 2017 at 8:31 am
        DIWALI WAS OBSERVED IN OVAL OFFICE OF WHITE HOUSE BY INDIAN -AMERICANS LIKES HALYE ,PERMANENT UN ENVOY ,,SEEMA VERMA OF MEDICARE AND MEDI CLAIM,MR.PAI COMMISSION OF COMMUNICATION AND IVIKA THE DAUGHTER OF DONALD TRUMP WERE PRESENT TO LIGHTEN THE DIYA,IT WAS OBSERVED SINCE GEROGE BUSH TO CELEBRATE IN OVAL OFFICE OF WHITE HOUSE.
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          Bill
          Oct 18, 2017 at 8:02 am
          GIVE PM MODI THREE FORTH MAJORITY IN 2019 and PUT INDIA ON TOP OF THE WORLD MAP , UNITE KASHMIR WITH THE REST OF INDIA - GET RID OF ARTICLE 370 , MESS CREATED BY CONGRESS FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS CANNOT BE CLEANED OVERNIGHT , PM MODI NEEDS 10 MORE YEARS TO MAKE INDIA PROUD.
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          1. Mohammad Dar
            Oct 18, 2017 at 8:10 am
            Get off of cow cols, your sound very hindu weird.
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              SATYAJIT ABADAN
              Oct 18, 2017 at 10:29 am
              You sound like a potentiate suicide-bomber leader. Must be a Pakistani.
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              RAGHU
              Oct 18, 2017 at 8:22 am
              We need a PM who can have a dialogue with people and not going over the air on a stage or studio blah blah with monkey bath. A PM who has no guts to face the very people they represent is a big disgrace to the seat/ position.
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                Sriniwasan
                Oct 18, 2017 at 10:17 am
                Come 2019 Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar
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