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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Does Trump surprise anyone?

By S.H.Moulana

This is in reference to the news report in a Sri Lankan media captioned ‘Former FM frowns on US embassy meal in Batticaloa’ (28 June).

It is recorded that the late president of US, Thomas Jefferson, a staunch advocate of religious freedom, famously hosted a White House Iftar in December 1805 in honor of then Tunisian ambassador Sidi Soliman Medli.

‘Dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set’ – the president’s invitation read.

The White House tradition started with earnest in 1996, when Bill Clinton was the president.

The First Lady Hillary hosted an Iftar party for 150 people after learning more about the rituals from her only daughter Chelsea, who has studied Islamic history in school.

President George W. Bush followed this tradition for the full two terms he was in power – 8 years in all. Then President Barack Obama continued it for the next two terms without any interruptions.

The brief statement sent out from the White House by the current occupant read ‘This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities, Eid Mubarak.’

This statement provides a stark contrast to the holiday message issued by former President, Barack Obama, who warned against the ‘rise in attack against Muslim Americans’ and he added Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding’.

Knowing President Trump very well, I don’t think, his actions will ever surprise anyone!

In this short period he is in power haven’t we seen enough?

- Asian Tribune –

Iftar hosted by Barack Obama: "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak."
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