Democrat New Jersey mayor Mohamed Khairullah, has claimed that the Secret Service did not clear him to enter the White House for an event with President Biden on Monday celebrating the annual Eid al-Fitr celebration.
Khairullah, according to NorthJersey.com, was already in Washington when he found out that he would not be able to attend the event. He added that this was “disappointing” and that he could not believe things like that were happening despite the fact that under the Constitution everyone was innocent until proven guilty. He added that he did not know in fact why he was treated that way.
The Secret Service confirmed on the day that Khairullah was not allowed to join the celebration, but Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the U.S. Secret Service, stated that they were not in a position to disclose why.
Khairullah, a member of the Democratic party has been serving as the mayor of Prospect Park for 17 years and was surprised that he would not be allowed to join the celebrations, which he had helped White House staffers organize.
The head of New Jersey’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) criticized the White House for revoking Khairullah’s invitation to the event stating that it was “wholly unacceptable and insulting.”
This is not the first time that Khairullah has faced discrimination, reportedly in 2019 he had been held at the JFK airport for three hours following his return from Turkey.