US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at a White House ceremony but surprisingly omitted mentioning Hindus — the community in the world that celebrate the festival of lights — in his tweets, drawing severe criticism from netizens forcing him to redo his tweet.
Mr. 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 tweet, he forgot to greet the Hindus.
Mr. Trump, in a tweet, said “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.”
The alert netizens were quick in identifying that he missed greeting the ‘Hindus’.
“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.
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.
“President Trump leaves out Hindus in Diwali tweets,” Time magazine said in an article.