Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to host a Ramadan event at the State Department this year, ending nearly two decades of bipartisan tradition, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The tradition of secretaries of state, either Republican or Democrat, hosting a reception marking Eid-al-Fitr began in 1999, initiated by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright under President Bill Clinton.
This year, however, Tillerson rejected a recommendation from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host such an event.
Despite this, the State Department is still considering options to celebrate the holy month for Muslims, a spokesperson at the agency said.
“We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan,” according to the spokesperson.
Tillerson’s decision could be seen as a new hostility toward Muslims from the Trump administration, amid a tougher stance against Islamic radicalization since Donald Trump assumed office.