In an apparent break with a nearly two-decades-long bipartisan tradition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host an event commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision. The officials said Tillerson rejected a request by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs

to host a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins Saturday in many countries. Reuters first reported that Tillerson declined to host an event for Ramadan. Since 1999, Tillerson’s five Republican and Democratic predecessors have hosted either an Iftar dinner to break the fast during Ramadan, or an Eid al-Fitr reception at the end of the month-long holiday. Many diplomatic posts overseas also host events during Ramadan’s month of fasting and prayer. READ MORE