President Donald Trump will address the National Prayer Breakfast, where he will speak to leaders from all over the globe, including clergy, diplomats and lobbyists. Lawmakers and religious leaders from about 70 countries gather at the Washington event, first organized in 1953.
"As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must cherish the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life", Trump told attendees.
"We are fighting every day to stop the tragedy of human trafficking all along our southern border", Trump said. "Every life is sacred and every soul is a precious gift from heaven", he said, to raucous applause.
Trump didn't congratulate her on becoming speaker, either, as President George W. Bush did the last time Pelosi held the position. "I can say that".
"I will never let you down", Trump said. He introduced Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who was freed in October after two years in a Turkish prison. "This week, I appointed a new special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism - Elon Carr".
A transcript released in the aftermath by the White House showed that Trump, who was reading off a teleprompter for the majority of the speech was meant to say "from gaining our independence, to abolition [of slavery], TO civil rights", which would have given his words the opposite and expected meaning.
"The Trump administration (uses) religion to advance a regressive political agenda that harms others", said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, last month after news broke that the administration would allow a faith-based foster care agency in SC to turn away same-sex couples and non-Christians.
Rhetoric soaring, the president had called for the country to step into the "next chapter of this Great American Adventure" - one where "amazing quality of life for all of our citizens is within reach", communities are "safer", families are "stronger", cultures are "richer", faith is "deeper" and the middle class is "bigger and more prosperous than ever before". "Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the event that draws several thousand people", The Washington Post reported.
"With proper funding each year, we could see this ancient sin end for good", he said.