President Donald Trump embraced the Muslim holy month of Ramdhan by hosting an iftar dinner at the White House on Monday with an array of Muslim guest including American Muslims and foreign dignitaries.
But these guests did not include high profile Muslims Ilhan Omer and Rashida Tlaib, The first Muslim women of their faith to be elected to Congress.
The dinner was attended by Turkish ambassador Serdar Kilic and members of the diplomatic corps representing nations with large Muslim populations.
During the end of his remarks, he wished every Muslim in America and around the globe Ramadan Kareem.
The President said, “Ramadhan is a holy month for Muslims here in the United States and all across the world … it is a time when people join forces in pursuit of hope, tolerance and peace.”
Trump caused controversy last year by not holding a Ramadhan iftar last year, a move that was widely criticised. It was an initiative started by Hilary Clinton and all the presidents since have honoured the tradition.