US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in White House

October 19 2017

The US President Donald Trump celebrated his first Diwali at his official residence on Wednesday.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka were joined by senior Indian-American members of his administration, including US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma.

The celebrations, which were led by Trump, was also attended Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission and Raj Shah, Principal Deputy Press Secretary.

Trump also took this Diwali event to not only acknowledge the contributions of the Indian-American community but also uphold his "verystrong relationship" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a few brief speech, Trump acknowledged America's relationship with India. "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,'' Trump said.

US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in White House