- The Clintons, Bushs and Obamas all hosted the religious dinner of Iftar at the White House
- President Trump last year said ‘It wouldn’t bother me’ when asked if he would keep the tradition of honoring the Muslim holy day
- The first president that held a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan was Thomas Jefferson in 1805
President Donald Trump broke a long standing White House tradition of hosting a dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Hosting an Iftar dinner to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of fasting is a tradition that started in the Clinton years and was continued by Presidents Bush and Obama.
Over the past two decades presidents have honored the holy day by hosting such a dinner.
Thomas Jefferson was the first president noted in history to host Itfar in 1805 with an invitation to the dinner stating ‘Dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set – ‘ the invitation read. ‘The favour of an answer is asked.’