Trump hosts his first White House Iftar dinner while Muslims protest
Tehran (KNA) - US President Donald Trump has hosted his first White House Iftar dinner for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Trump skipped hosting such a meal last year.
About 50 people attended the event on Wednesday evening, while dozens of Muslim Americans protested against Trump outside the White House.The protesters held their own counter event at Lafayette Park, just steps away from the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser also attended the White House dinner.Among those who joined the event were ambassadors of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Tunisia and Iraq.
Trump opened the event by thanking "the Muslim community" in the United States and offering a message of unity, recognizing members of the community at home and abroad.“In gathering together this evening, we honor a sacred tradition of one of the world’s great religions,” he told the audience.
He said that Iftar, which breaks the daylong fast, “marks coming together of family and friends to celebrate peace" and that he was proud to visit Saudi Arabia last year.