Trump Breaks Tradition of Hosting Ramadan-Ending Dinner
President Trump has broken two decades of tradition by not hosting an iftar dinner, the meal Muslims eat to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The annual White House dinner began in 1996 under former President Bill Clinton, and continued during the administrations of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, often attended by prominent members of the American Muslim community. Trump and first lady Melania Trump did issue a statement on Saturday (June 24th) offering their greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Secretary of states have also hosted annual iftar dinners since 1999, but current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not host one either.
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