Donald Trump celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, in the White House on Tuesday, where he participated in the ceremonial lighting of diyas.
However, the US President managed to generate yet another controversy after he forgot to greet Hindus – the largest community in the world that celebrates the festival – in his tweet about Diwali.
In fact, it took President Trump three attempts to finally get his tweet right – a fact that did not go unnoticed by many netizens, who promptly trolled the President for yet another faux pas.
Initially, the official Twitter account of President Trump posted a tweet that read, “Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States & around the world.”
Several Twitter users were quick to point out that Trump had obviously missed wishing Hindus in the tweet, the post was deleted and a fresh tweet was put up instead.
However, in a comedy of errors, the second post tweeted by President Trump also omitted the mention of Hindus.
Finally, President Trump posted a third tweet in which he mentioned that he was honoured to host a celebration of Diwali, a “Hindu festival of Lights.” He added in his tweet, “Very, very special people.”
Of course, by then the damage was done as several people took to Twitter to mock and ridicule the President for his apparent obliviousness about the culture and facts of the very festival that he celebrated in the White House.
Meanwhile, at the event, Donald Trump lauded India as “best trade negotiator” and emphasized that the Indo-US relationship was stronger than ever.
Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ a friend”, Donald Trump said, “The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi.”