Washington, Nov 14 : It took President Donald Trump three tweets, one deletion, and a fact check from Twitter before he acknowledged Hindus in a White House celebration of Diwali on Tuesday.The blunder by Trump caused widespread outrage on Twitter, with many asking why Trump would name Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains, but not Hindus.
After people pointed out on social media that he glaringly omitted Hindus as Diwali is a major Hindu holiday — a billion people throughout the world for whom Diwali is a major holiday — the tweet was deleted, only to be replaced by a second one that again left out Hindus.
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: “Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States & around the world.”
That post was then deleted and re-posted with a new link to a YouTube clip of Trump’s remarks on the Festival of Lights.
About 15 minutes later, the president posted a new tweet acknowledging that the holiday is associated with Hinduism.
“It was my great honor to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at the @WhiteHouse this afternoon. Very, very special people!”