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Muslims Overwhelmingly Reject Trump's Iftar Dinner

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Envoys from several Muslim countries including the UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Gambia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Bosnia were invited.

Instead, Trump spoke of "the renewed bonds of friendship and cooperation" forged 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".

Mr. Trump hosted the dinner in the State Dining Room for the Washington diplomatic community, wishing approximately 50 guests a "very blessed Ramadan".

US President Donald Trump speaks during an iftar dinner hosted at the White House in Washington, DC, on Jun 6, 2018. The groups say Trump's heated rhetoric has contributed to an increase in bullying and discrimination against Muslim Americans.

The president didn't hold an Iftar dinner a year ago, instead issuing a statement that discussed the threat of terrorism and the need to defeat terrorists' "perverted ideology".

The US president, who skipped hosting such a meal past year, told guests Islam is one of the world's great religions.

On the campaign trail, Trump called for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the US.

The White House did not host an iftar dinner a year ago, breaking a tradition upheld since 1996.

As the event unfolded, several journalists on Twitter pointed that none of the invitees appeared to be American Muslims except for the imam leading the prayer.

And then came Trump, who broke the tradition previous year.

"If the White House is interested in inviting foreign government leaders from largely corrupt, Muslim-majority countries that exhibit inequitable and unjust policies upon their own populations, that seems to be in line with the tenor of the current U.S. Administration", Christopher said in an email to the news outlet. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush hosted ambassadors and diplomats in celebration of Ramadan, declaring "evil has no holy days".

Last month the president released a statement commemorating Ramadaan, saying the holiday "reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life".

In one of his first acts from the Oval Office, Trump imposed a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries and indefinitely suspended the USA refugee program.