President Trump allegedly did not attend White House Passover Seder

The annual White House Passover Seder was held on Monday night, the Washington Post reports. It was started by Jewish staffers and then-President Obama during his administration.

In a statement to the Post, White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom confirmed that the tradition began under Obama for staffers who were far from home for the holiday. It began even before he was president: in 2008, aides organized a Seder on the campaign trail -- and Obama himself attended.

The Trump White House changed the tradition up this year. "We'll also be opening it up for interested WH staff (Jewish and non-Jewish alike) to take part in a Seder on campus," Storm wrote to the Post.

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Storm also noted that it was unlikely that Trump himself would go. "A few details are still being nailed down but as of now it seems the President will not be attending," she said.

On Monday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted a photo of the dinner:

Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie was quick to comment that neither Trump nor Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner were in attendance. Kushner is Jewish and Ivanka converted to Judaism.

According to the Washington Post, Trump is the first president with Jewish members of his immediate family. It remains unknown what the first family's Seder plans were, if any. Ivanka Trump, though, did share a photo in acknowledgment of the holiday:

She wrote, "During Passover, we reflect on the significance of the exodus from Egypt and celebrate the great freedoms we enjoy today!"

The president also tweeted out a Happy Passover on Monday:

"Happy Passover to everyone celebrating in the United States of America, Israel, and around the world," the president said.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday, on April 14, 2014 in Jerusalem. Religious Jews worldwide eat matzoth during the eight-day Pesach holiday that commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food products. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Jewish worshippers pray during a Passover ceremony in Kathmandu on April 14, 2014. Jewish travellers in Asia came together to celebrate the Passover Seder in Nepal. AFP PHOTO / Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Jewish worshippers pray during a Passover ceremony in Kathmandu on April 14, 2014. Jewish travellers in Asia came together to celebrate the Passover Seder in Nepal. AFP PHOTO / Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Passover holiday, in the city of Bnei Brak, central Israel, on April 14, 2014. All leavened food, such as bread, is forbidden to Jews during the week-long holiday, which to commemorate the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Due to the haste with which the Jews left Egypt, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise. To commemorate their ancestors' plight, the religious avoid eating leavened food products throughout Passover. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Passover holiday, in the city of Bnei Brak, central Israel, on April 14, 2014. All leavened food, such as bread, is forbidden to Jews during the week-long holiday, which to commemorate the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Due to the haste with which the Jews left Egypt, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise. To commemorate their ancestors' plight, the religious avoid eating leavened food products throughout Passover. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Sheep are herded as Samaritans take part in the traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony, where sheep and goats are slaughtered, at Mount Gerizim near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on April 13, 2014. The Israeli Samaritan community which numbers about 720 people practice a religion that is based on four principles of faith, one God - the God of Israel; one Prophet - Moses Ben Amram; the belief in the Torah - the first five books of the Bible and one holy place - Mount Gerizim, close to Tel Aviv in Israel. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and his wife Sara (3rd R) attend the Mimona, a ceremony traditionally celebrated by Jews from North Africa at the end of the Passover holidays, at the town of Yavne, south of Tel Aviv, Israel, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Members of the Samaritan sect take part in a traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Passover on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Samaritan holds a script during the traditional Passover celebrations at Mount Gerizim near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on April 10, 2017. The Israeli Samaritan community which numbers about 730 people practise a religion that is based on four principles of faith, one God - the God of Israel; one Prophet - Moses Ben Amram; the belief in the Torah - the first five books of the Bible and one holy place - Mount Gerizim, close to the West Bank city of Nablus. / AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 5, 2017: A student of Yeshiva [a Jewish religious institution of higher education] learns cooking matzo [flat unleavened bread] ahead of the Jewish feast of Passover. Artyom Korotayev/TASS (Photo by Artyom Korotayev\TASS via Getty Images)
Jewish men, draped in prayer shawls, take part in the Cohanim prayer (priest's blessing) during the Pesach (Passover) holiday at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 25, 2016. Thousands of Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the eight-day Pesach holiday, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their plight by refraining from eating leavened food products. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Surinamese Jews share the Passover Seder at the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Paramaribo April 18, 2011. The Suriname Jewish community, considered as one of the oldest in the Americas, has only around 200 members. REUTERS/Ranu Abhelakh (SURINAME - Tags: RELIGION)
GUBA (QUBA), AZERBAIJAN MARCH : March 26, 2013, Gilaki Synagogue, Red Village (Girmizi Gasaba), Guba (Quba), Azerbaijan. Black tea is served at the Passover Seder, hosted by Jewish religious representatives from Guba and The Red Village, for themselves and a group of Muslim religious leaders. The Red Village is considered the worlds only all-Jewish town outside of Israel. The Red Village is considered to be the worlds only all-Jewish town outside of Israel, with 3,500-5,000 inhabitants. (Reza/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 25: Rabbi Efraim Katz leads a community Passover Seder at Beth Israel synagogue on March 25, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. The community Passover Seder that served around 150 people has been held for the past 30 years and is welcome to anyone in the community that wants to commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JAMAICA PLAIN, MA - FEBRUARY 26: A table spread for a story on a Passover seder meal on Feb. 26, 2013 at a home in Jamaica Plain. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
JAMAICA PLAIN, MA - FEBRUARY 26: Dan Richards of Jamaica Plain, Johah Furman of Jamaica Plain, Madelin Weisburg of Boston, Jackie Jahn of Allston, and Emily Boeke of Cambridge, enjoy a Passover seder meal on February 26, 2013 at a home in Jamaica Plain. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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