President Donald Trump has now officially become the first president to not host an iftar dinner marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Instead of continuing with the tradition Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released a statement wishing “warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate whatever it is they are so worked up about."
The president was of course speaking of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk.
When he was campaigning for the presidency, Trump said in an interview that he wouldn’t be opposed to continuing the tradition. “It wouldn’t bother me. It wouldn’t bother me,” Trump said. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to but it wouldn’t bother me.”
After giving it thought, Trump decided he has no interest in hosting a gang of "camel jockey terrorists."
The annual White House dinners were typically attended by prominent members of the Muslim community as well as lawmakers and diplomats. The dinners continued uninterrupted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as then-President George W. Bush emphasized the country was combating terrorism and not Islam.