Washington (June 07, 2018): United States President Donald Trump will host his first iftar dinner as president today (Wednesday), marking the traditional Ramazan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House.
Trump, who has frequently engaged in inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric, will host the event in the State Dining Room. He did not hold a similar event in his first year in office, in a break with past presidents.
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Millions of devout Muslims observe the holy fasting month of Ramazan, which is slated to end on June 14 this year. “There will be roughly, I believe, about 30 to 40 different attendees,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.Iftar dinners have been a regular feature on the White House calendar, along with prayer breakfasts, Passover Seders, and similar events. Several American Muslim groups have already said they will not participate in Wednesday’s iftar.