President Trump celebrated Diwali at White House but omitted mentioning Hindus
Washington. President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at a White House ceremony but surprisingly omitted mentioning Hindus the largest community in the world that celebrate the festival of lights in his tweets, drawing severe criticism from netizens forcing him to redo his tweet.
Trump hosted Diwali celebrations in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House which was attended by prominent Indian-Americans, Indian-origin administration and diplomatic officials.
Diwali was celebrated across the world on November 7.
In his first tweet, he forgot to greet the Hindus. “Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States & around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family & friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New Year,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet as he posted along with a YouTube link of the White House event.
“It is a major Hindu holiday,” CNN’s Congressional correspondent Manu Raju said in a tweet. Mr. Trump soon deleted his first tweet, and replaced it with another one.
“Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States & around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family & friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New Year,” Trump said in his second tweet which again missed mentioning the Hindus.
“So after initially not including Hindus in his first Diwali tweet, Mr. Trump deletes that tweet and reposts another message. And still leaves out Hindus,” Raju said, as he was joined by several others on the social media.
Soon, the President deleted his second tweet and came up with the third one.
“It was my great honour to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at the @WhiteHouse this afternoon. Very, very special people!” Mr. Trump said in his third tweet.
The White House did not respond to questions on the series of tweets by the President and the criticism that he did not mention the Hindus in his tweets as reported by PTI.