Trump Becomes First Sitting President To Address Anti-LGBT Hate Group Summit

Jose Luis Magana  Associated Press

Jose Luis Magana Associated Press

Donald Trump said people are saying "Merry Christmas" again as he cast himself as a defender of Judeo-Christian values.

The annual Values Voters Summit kicks off in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Trump also denounced the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits houses of worship from engaging in political activities, promising that he will "not allow government workers to censor sermons, or target our pastors, our ministers, our rabbis". "To protect religious liberty, including protecting groups like this one, I signed a new executive action in a attractive ceremony at the White House on our National Day of Prayer".

Trump got acclaim for his recent criticism of NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem in order to protest what they see as racial injustice in the country. "When America is unified, no force on Earth can break us apart". "So we're going a little different route, but you know what, in the end it will be just as effective and maybe it will even be better". 'And as a Christmas gift to all of our hard-working families, we hope Congress will pass massive tax cuts for the American people'.

He touted his administration's success in taking on ISIS, pledging to fight "radical Islamic terrorism". We protect religious liberty. "We stand with our friends and allies, we forge new partnerships in pursuit of peace and we take decisive action against those who would threaten our people with harm".

But he mistakenly said he had spoken to "the president" of the Virgin Islands.

Turning to foreign policy, Trump told the audience: "Above all else, we know this".

Trump's appeal to Christian voters came on the heels of news the president would be cutting off Obamacare subsidies for the poor.

But there was no hesitation among the crowd in its fervor for Trump, as he threw out plenty of red meat and hit many religious themes, despite showing an unfamiliarity with Scripture in the past. As evidence of America's commitment to faith, Trump cited the inclusion of the words "one nation under God" in the pledge of allegiance.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka will also be speaking during the summit Friday.

Since 2006, the Values Voter Summit has provided a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life, and limited government that make the nation strong.

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