Washington, MINA — President Trump on Friday wished Muslims around the world well as they conclude a monthlong period of reflection as part of Eid al-Fitr.
“Melania and I wish Muslims across the United States and around the world a blessed Eid al-Fitr,” Washington Examiner quoted Trump as saying in a statement released by the White House press secretary’s office Friday morning.
“Today, as we reflect on the important place religion has in the story of America and in the lives of those who are faithful, we hope that the spirit of peace and goodwill that surrounds and infuses this Eid celebration continues throughout the year and around the world. We wish all Muslims a very happy Eid al-Fitr,” he added.
Trump’s relationship with Muslims has been a complicated one.
As a presidential candidate following the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, Trump vowed to ban Muslim foreigners from entering the U.S. in what he said was meant to protect the country from possible Islamic State members who would seek to enter the U.S. from Europe, the Middle East, or Africa and carry out attacks here.
As president, he ordered a travel ban against seven countries that are Muslim-majority. The Trump administration was sued over the plan and released a new version of the ban last summer.
His opponents have maintained Trump is seeking to ban people based on their religion, while the White House has said countries on the list are not adhering to Department of Homeland Security and State Department screening protocols for emigrants and must be banned until they can cooperate. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)