President Trump provides hints on Wednesday night at the White house iftar dinner.
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Muslims around the world a “Ramadan Mubarak” – a blessed holiday-President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted his first White house dinner for the Islam Holy month of Ramadan, an Overture, surprised many in the Muslim community, after he skipped hosting a meal in the last year.
On the occasion of an iftar-dinner, the all-day fasting breaks, Trump offered a message of unity, to recognize the members of the Muslim community in the country and abroad.
“In the Assembly this evening we honor the Holy tradition of the one, of the major religions of the world,” he told an intimate audience that included Cabinet members and ambassadors from many Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
It was a dramatic move away from the inflammatory rhetoric trump during his campaign, he called for a “complete and total” and “shut down” of Muslims in the country, in comparison with Syrian refugees from the civil war to a deadly snake and said, “I think that Islam hates us,” in an interview with CNN.
Instead, Trump of “the renewed friendship and cooperation” forged speech and with “valued partners” from across the Middle East and said Iftars “mark the coming together of families and friends to celebrate a timeless message of peace, clarity and love. It is the great love.”
He recalled his visit last year to Saudi Arabia-his first trip abroad — as “one of the big two days of my life.”
“It is only together that we can achieve for you a future of security and prosperity for all,” he said.
The dinner came when the Supreme court considers the legal challenges to prohibit Trump the travel, the critics say goals that are not wrong some countries with a Muslim majority. A verdict is expected as early as this month.
Several Muslim civil rights groups pushed back, the organization is a “trump Iftar” protest in a park opposite the White house. The groups say Trump has contributed to the heated rhetoric to an increase in bullying and discrimination against Muslim Americans.
Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, a humanitarian and advocacy organization, said the group was happy to see that the White house had the iftar, “an event that should be hosted every year, just like the Easter Egg roll, the Passover Seder and Christmas Open House.”
But he urged the administration to “actively on problems, the impact on our beneficiaries”, including the travel ban and the planned cuts to social assistance programs.
During his presidential campaign, trump called for a “complete and total” and “the Muslims” in the United States. Last year, he drew international criticism for Retweets anti-Muslim video posted by a right-wing group in the UK. And to recognize his decision Jerusalem was seen as the capital of Israel by many critics as an unnecessary provocation in the Muslim world.
The White house, Trump’s has defended the policies as necessary for national security.
Iftar-Dinner administration were held regularly in the White house since the Clinton-as a form of contact with the Muslim world. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush, ambassadors and diplomats hosted in the celebration of Ramadan, that “evil has no Holy days.” President Barack Obama took the tradition, which says that discrimination against Muslim Americans, “feed the lie” that the West is at war with their religion.
Last year, the trombone, the tradition broke. Instead of hosting a dinner at the White house in a statement to the Islamic holiday that focused heavily on the threat of terrorism, noting that the recent attacks “steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”
The White house struck with a considerably warmer tone in the last month when it released a statement from the President-the “Ramadan Mubarak”, a common greeting in Islam for a blessed holiday. The statement praised the Constitution for the observing position of the Muslims of the holiday, “unimpeded by the government” and not to mention, terrorism.
“Ramadan reminds us of the wealth of the Muslims, adding to the religious gallery of American life,” the statement said.
The current version of Trump the travel ban applies to travellers from five countries with predominantly Muslim populations-Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also relates to two non-Muslim countries that block travelers from North Korea and a number of Venezuelan government officials and their families.