Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has put an end to the annual Ramadan reception in the white house.
The event has been held for nearly 20 years. Obama loved it.
The officials said Tillerson rejected a request by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins Saturday in many countries.
Reuters first reported that Tillerson declined to host an event for Ramadan.
A memo seen by Reuters reporters suggests that Tillerson’s staff recommended he follow the tradition of his bipartisan predecessors, but he declined anyway.
Trump himself broke that tradition as well. In his own statement about Ramadan, Trump stood up and blasted the recent Manchester bombing as “directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.”
“The holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan,” the President said. “Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”