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In a seemingly spurious effort to repair his damaged image with the Muslim community, it was announced that US President Donald Trump would host his first Ifftar dinner in the US during Ramadan, the month of fasting.
The Ifftar dinner, which is the pre-sunset meal Muslims take to end their fasts during the holy month, will take place in the next couple of days, The New York Times reported.
No details were provided about who was to attend, but the dinner is traditionally hosted by the US President and his wife.
In a statement month, Trump reportedly sent his “greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world.”
“Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life. In the United States, we are all blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice,” his statement read, but this sounded shallow.
Nevertheless last year Trump released a statement that acknowledged the religious occasion but did not hold a dinner. Instead he referred to America’s “resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.” However, a follow-up statement, released at during Ramadan last year read: “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”.
In addition to enacting a series of travel bans targeting mostly Muslim nations, Trump was also reported to have said he was considering “closing down of mosques in the US to fight terrorism, as well as creating a national database for Muslims in the US”.
In Indiana meanwhile, a party Senator called for a deeper wall, while in Arizona, a Hispanic Republican running for Congress desperately tried to defend Trump’s reference to “some” Hispanics as “animals”
Not all GOP members agree with Trump’s utterances, but there are a fair number who do, which does not bode well for either for the Muslims or the Hispanics in America.