Jun 3, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump to host Ramadan dinner at White House

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President Donald Trump will host a dinner at the White House on Wednesday to recognize the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a White House official told Politico.

Why it matters: Last year the White House decided not to host the traditional post-sundown meal, known as iftar, to break the fast — a move that sparked backlash given the long-standing practice has been observed by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, the event may be overshadowed by Trump's strained relationship with America's Muslim community over his inflammatory statements about Muslims and the travel ban.

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