White House does not plan Ramadan event

An Indonesian Muslim man breathes fire during a game of fire football known as 'bola api' ahead of Eid Al Fitr celebrations

An Indonesian Muslim man breathes fire during a game of fire football known as 'bola api' ahead of Eid Al Fitr celebrations

Trump issued a statement Saturday, saying that he and wife Melania "send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr".

President Donald Trump did not hold an event marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the White House, breaking a tradition observed since 1999.

Trump started the holy month of Ramadan with a statement on May 26 - which focused mostly on terrorism.

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Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to be able to deliver on the overwhelming mandate of the Ghanaian people.

Catholic churches in Indonesia altered their Mass schedule on June 25, to ease traffic congestion as Muslims marked their feast of Eid al Fitr.

"I extend my best wishes to Muslims everywhere for a blessed month as you observe the Ramadan traditions of charity, fasting, and prayer", read the message. "With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values".

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George W Bush held an iftar dinner every year of his two terms, including just after the 9/11 terror attacks of September 2001.

The dinners are typically attended by the president and his family, members of Congress, state dignitaries and prominent members of the Muslim community. Prior to Tillerson, both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state hosted either an iftar meal - which is consumed by Muslims during Ramadan after sunset - or the Eid al-Fitr meal, according to Reuters.

The Trump administration has been accused of Islamophobia for the president's controversial proposed "travel ban" on six predominantly Muslim nations. Asked why Trump isn't hosting a dinner, White House spokesman Sean Spicer says he doesn't know.

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