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A Letter to the President

Muhammad is an American fencer and Olympic medalist

Dear President Trump,

REPRESENTING THE U.S. IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES WAS the greatest honor of my life. I will never forget walking into the opening ceremony behind our American flag that I revere, surrounded by my teammates, each drawn from different sports, many of different faiths and various ethnicities. Yet in that diversity was America itself: united by love for our country.

My story is a quintessentially small-town American story. In my hometown, Maplewood, N.J., the question was always which sport I would

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