President Trump Delivers Remarks to the 2017 Values Voter Summit

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Addressing one of his core constituencies, Trump didn't hold back when discussing some of the key issues important to evangelicals and Christians around the country.

Trump also issued a call for unity at the event, recalling recent tragedies affecting the nation, such as the mass shooting at Las Vegas, the wildfire claiming lives in California and devastation caused by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Speaking to a room full of the most deplorable Christian extremists, Trump called the US a "nation of believers" strengthened and sustained by the "power of prayer".

Trump's appeal to Christian voters came on the heels of news the president would be cutting off Obamacare subsidies for the poor. "We love our families". We honor the dignity of work.

And he promised, "We defend our Constitution".

'We protect religious liberty, ' he said.

"We stand united behind the customs, beliefs and traditions that define who we are as a nation and as a people".

But he said conservative religious activists made a decision to vote for him, even if they didn't know who he really was when they went to the polls last November. "To America's happiness, really prosperity and totally to its success, it is our faith and our values that inspires us to give with charity, to act with courage, and to sacrifice for what we know is right", said Trump.

He noted, as Christian conservatives often do, that there are four references to the "creator" in the Declaration of Independence, saying that "religious liberty is enshrined" in the nation's founding documents. And how times have changed. I do believe that he's a changed man, and that he's received the Gospel.' She said at a White House meeting she attended with about 25 others including Vice President Mike Pence, Pence vouched for his boss, telling them: 'This president is a believer. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. He said in America, 'We are all all every one of us made by the same god in heaven'.

"Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment", said Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council (FRC), of which FRC Action is a legislative affiliate. "As we approach the end of the year - you know, we're getting near that handsome Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore".

He bemoaned the use of the phrase "Happy Holidays" as a secular seasonal greeting and vowed to return "Merry Christmas" to the national discourse.

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