Trump Declines To Hold Annual Ramadan Dinner

Despite events held by previous administrations from across the political divide, this year's Ramadan - which began on May 26th - passed almost unobserved by the White House.

President Trump broke with a recent White House tradition and neglected to host an iftar dinner to commemorate the holy month of fasting.

It was marked only by a statement published late on Saturday afternoon, coinciding with the end of the holy month.

Past presidents have welcomed Muslim Americans for a traditional Iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset.

Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to be able to deliver on the overwhelming mandate of the Ghanaian people.


The Indonesian government set June 25 for Eid al-Fitr this year. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Clinton started the tradition in the latter years of his second term, while former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama continued to host the celebration dinners each year during their presidencies.

It is characterised by merrymaking, alms-giving and the observance of Eid Prayers to thank Almighty Allah for seeing Muslims through the holy month of Ramadan, during which time, they intensified their supplications and good deeds.

This month, about 100 Muslim activists protested against the USA president's divisive policies and rhetoric on Islam outside Trump Tower in NY.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request by his department's office of religion and global affairs to hold an event for the holiday. Other "symbolic" moves from President Trump include his travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries.

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