From Thomas Jefferson to Brack Obama, a plethora of holidays
The one question on my mind was: why? Trump has managed to break two great traditions in the short time he has been president, and celebrating Diwali in the oval house is not even a tradition. In fact, Obama did not even truly celebrate it till his last year in office.
He may be trying to win favors with the Indian community, he may be trying to distinguish himself from Obama or it may be because there is a large Indian community in the United States. Not many Indians approved of Trump being president, and we have plenty of reason to, but maybe by celebrating Diwali, Trump hopes to win some of us over. This could also help him in the long run with the fact that in a few years, there will be another election, and at the rate he's been going, Trump will not win.
The major reason I suspect Trump celebrated Diwali was in order to strengthen U.S.-Indian relations, because when asked why he is celebrating it Trump said, "You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine,