The South Asian Times

17 August 2019 07:27 AM

Trump hosts second Iftar dinner at White House

Washington: President Donald Trump has hosted his second annual iftar dinner at the White House and said it's "been a very rough time" for Muslims around the world.

The dinner, which breaks the daily fast of Ramadan for Muslims around the world, on Monday night was attended by ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps representing Muslim-majority nations, reports ABC News.

The President recognized recent attacks on places of prayer, specifically noting the mosque attacks in New Zealand, the attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka, and the synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh and California.

“In their blessed memory we resolve to defeat the evils of terrorism and religious persecution so that all people can worship without fear, pray without danger, and live by the faith that flows from their heart,” Trump said.

Trump's speech emphasized world peace. "We thank God that America is a place founded on beliefs that citizens of all faiths can live together in safety and live together in freedom."

He ended his address with a Muslim blessing: "Wish all the people around the world Ramadan Kareem."

At the iftar dinner, The President was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar as well as Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

The iftar dinners have been regularly held at the White House since the time of  President Bill Clinton's administration.

Update: 16 May, 2019