Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali With Daughter Ivanka : The US President celebrated the festival of lights-Diwali in the Oval Office yesterday with his daughter Ivanka. The administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai and Raj Shah, the Principle Deputy Press Secretary was also present in the Oval Office of the White House. Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations was also present there. Check out how Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali With Daughter Ivanka.
Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali With Daughter Ivanka
Trump posted pictures of the celebration on his official Facebook account along with a caption that said, “As we do (celebrate Diwali) so, we especially remember the People of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy.”
The US President also wrote about Indian-American neighbors : “You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education. America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve BRAVELY in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land. Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in the people’s House. In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family.”
He further added : “A time of peace and prosperity for the New Year, it is a tradition that is held dear by more than 1 billion Hindus worldwide and more than 2 million Hindus in the United States. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains in America, India and around the world”
This is Trump’s first Diwali ever as the US President. The tradition of celebrating Diwali was started by Former US President George Bush but he never personally participated in the Oval Office Diwali celebration. It was former President Barack Obama who lit the ceremonial diya in the White House. In 2016, Obama for the first time observed the festival of lights-Diwali in the Oval Office.