After skipping it last year, President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted an iftar dinner to honor the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, declaring it “a great month.”

But in a sign of the lingering tension between Trump and the U.S. Islamic community, the guest list appeared skewed toward foreign diplomats, not American Muslims.


Activists, meanwhile, held a counter-event — titled “NOT Trump’s Iftar” — in a park across from the White House. Some said the president’s policies had so alienated U.S. Muslims that few would have accepted an invitation to break their daily Ramadan fast with him.

Around 50 people were at the White House dinner, including Vice President Mike Pence, several Cabinet secretaries, and ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

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