NEW JERSEY: New Jersey’s longest-serving Muslim mayor, Muhammad Khairullah, revealed in an interview that he was barred from attending a White House reception to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr on Monday night.
He told the news channel that the White House social office told him that the Secret Service had decided he could not attend the event.
Anthony Guglielmi, chief spokesman for the Secret Service, confirmed that the mayor was not allowed to enter. We cannot comment further on the specific security means and methods used for our security operations at the White House.
The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has demanded an apology from the White House. Addressing an event in honor of the Muslim community regarding Eid al-Fitr at the White House, President Biden said that he is happy to be among Muslim leaders on this important occasion.