New York, MINA – The President of the United States Donald Trump will host an iftar dinner at the White House next week to recognize the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to a White House official, a departure from last year’s decision not to host the traditional post-sundown meal.
The iftar dinner is scheduled for Wednesday. The White House official declined to provide a list of attendees, Politico reported.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and they break the fast with a meal known as an iftar.
The White House faced criticism last year for neglecting to host an iftar dinner, breaking with a long-standing tradition embraced by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Trump has a tense relationship with the Muslim community. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a “total and complete” ban on all Muslims entering the United States. As president, he has restricted citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
In a statement issued last month marking the start of Ramadan, Trump said, “Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life.” (R/R04/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)