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26 June 2017, 03:01 | Laverne Osborne
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"For the first time in almost two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations", the report said.
More than one billion Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, as the month-long Ramadan fast ends and the festivities begin.
In fact, the iftar dinner in the White House as a tradition was renewed in 1996 under the first lady Hillary Clinton.
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However, the first such dinner dates all the way back to 1805, when Thomas Jefferson invited an ambassador from Tunis to the White House. According to the statement, it was an occasion to remember the importance of America's commitment to honor values like "mercy, compassion and goodwill". The dinners continued uninterrupted after the September 11, 2001 attacks as then-President George W. Bush emphasized the country was combating terrorism and not Islam.
When CBN asked if the White House would follow suit, we were directed to an earlier statement the president released about Ramadan.
As CBN News first reported in May, the State Department also rejected an offer to host a Ramadan Dinner.
The community's president says this event celebrates a longstanding tradition within the Muslim community. "We look forward to welcoming Americans from around the country to celebrate the holiday".
Mr. Trump has come under fire for his history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail, that included calls for surveillance of United States mosques and an outright ban on Muslims entering the country in the name of national security.
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