President Trump hosted his first iftar on June 6, in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The event was held in the White House State Dining Room, continuing a tradition carried on by both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Trump welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, including ambassadors representing Muslim-majority nations, to the iftar. “To each of you and to Muslims around the world: Ramadan Mubarak,” he said.
“[A]s we enjoy a magnificent dinner at the White House, let us strive to embody the grace and goodwill that mark the Ramadan season,” the president added.
As of 2017, the U.S. Muslim population was estimated at 3.45 million, or 1.1 percent of the total U.S. population. That figure is expected to nearly double by 2050, according to the Pew Research Center.
Ramadan ends in the United States on the evening of June 14.