USA: 'Ramadan Mubarak!' — Trump hosts Iftar dinner after 2017 snub

US President Donald Trump hosted his inaugural Iftar dinner at the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday, a year after he broke two decades of tradition by snubbing the event. Top diplomats from Muslim-majority countries were present at the dinner. «In gathering together this evening we honour a sacred tradition of one of the world's great religions,» Trump said. «For the Islamic faithful... Еще, the Iftar dinner marks the end of the daily period of fasting and spiritual reflection that occurs throughout the holy month of Ramadan.» Trump wished Muslims around the world a 'Ramadan Mubarak' while a small protest against the event was held outside to highlight the President's 'hypocrisy' — a Muslim travel ban and 'Islamophobic rhetoric' were amongst the issues pointed out. Iftar, literally 'to break fast' in Arabic, is the name of the daily meal which Muslims eat at sunset during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

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