US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali in Oval Office of the White House. Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and community leaders also joined Mr Trump in the Diwali Celebration.
Seema Verma is the administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while Cabinet ranking Haley is US Ambassador to the UN.
Daughter Ivanka Trump also joined the President for the occasion. Last year Ivanka, who is now a presidential advisor, had visited Hindu temples in Virginia and Florida as part of Diwali.
Donald Trump’s Message On Diwali
Donald Trump in a Facebook post wrote:
“deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community – to celebrate Diwali — the Hindu Festival of Lights.”
“We especially remember the People of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy. I greatly value my very strong relationship with Prime Minister Modi. Diwali is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion.”
“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.”