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US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at the White House by lighting a diya amid a gathering of leading members of the Indian American community and said he greatly valued his relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump's daughter Ivanka also attended the festivities in the Oval Office on Tuesday. Also present were Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley and Administrator of the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma.
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"Today, I was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community -- to celebrate Diwali -- the Hindu Festival of Lights," he said in a message posted on his Facebook page.
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A video of the White House celebration and Trump's message was posted to the President's Facebook page.