Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali, Says Value My ‘Very Strong’ Relationship With PM Modi

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US President Donald Trump celebrated his first Diwali at the White House. Senior Indian-American members of his administration, including Nikki Haley, his Ambassador to the United Nations, and Seema Verma Administrator, Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services were part of the celebration.

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Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, and Raj Shah, his Principal Deputy Press Secretary, also joined Diwali celebrations.

“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,” Trump said in a Facebook post along with a video of his Diwali celebrations inside the Oval Office.

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Today, I was deeply honored to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community – to celebrate Diwali — the Hindu Festival of Lights. As we do so, 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.Our Indian-American neighbors and friends have made incredible contributions to our country – and to the world. 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. The Lighting of the Diya is typically celebrated by families in their homes. 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. We wish all of America’s Hindus and everyone who celebrates Diwali a joyous holiday and blessings of light, goodness, and prosperity throughout the New Year. And now we will light the Diya. Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trump said he greatly valued his “very strong relationship” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump said he was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community in celebrating Diwali–the Festival of Lights.

“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,” he said.

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“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,” Trump added.

“A time of peace and prosperity for the New Year, it is a tradition that is held dear by more than one billion Hindus worldwide and more than two million Hindus in the United States. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in America, India and around the world,” he said.

-PTC News