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White House does not plan Ramadan event

June 26, 2017 - 3:12 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with recent White House tradition, President Donald Trump has opted not to host an event marking Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Past presidents have welcomed Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset. Ramadan ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which was celebrated Sunday in most Muslim countries.

Trump issued a statement Saturday, saying that he and wife Melania "send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr." The White House says there are no plans for anything further. Asked why Trump isn't hosting a dinner, White House spokesman Sean Spicer says he doesn't know.

Last year, President Barack Obama hosted a reception commemorating the holy month after it ended.

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