The US President Donald Trump has made yet another controversial stand by not hosting a dinner for Eid. It is said that Trump has broken a long White House tradition.
The president is the first leader not to host a dinner for nearly two decades after the tradition was started by Bill Clinton and then continued by George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving.
Mr.Trump has previously been criticized for his use of anti-Muslim rhetoric, including on the campaign trail when he called for surveillance of US mosques.
In a statement Trump said, “On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.” “During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak.”
The first presidential Iftar dinner (the name for a meal held after sunset, when Muslims break their fast), is said to have been hosted by Thomas Jefferson in 1805 for a Tunisian envoy.
The dinners were traditionally attended by prominent members of the Muslim community, members of Congress and diplomats from Muslim countries. This has been the tradition so far.