Trump promises to always protect people of faith

Chakwera at US National Prayer Breakfast: Trump guest speaker

Chakwera at US National Prayer Breakfast: Trump guest speaker

During the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump expanded on comments that he made during the State of the Union address and got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Trump said at Thursday's event, "As president I will always cherish, honor and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation".

While Trump's statement was likely unintentional, it is true that many people of faith used the Bible to justify slavery, as well as to support Jim Crow laws.

During last year's prayer breakfast, Trump spoke of a collective desire to "worship without fear", a nod to religious freedom concerns, an issue that resonates with evangelicals, who have been particularly concerned about their personal freedoms and the status of Christianity in society.

The annual gathering brought together members of the president's Cabinet and members of Congress, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see).

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"As the Lord says in Jeremiah, 'before I formed you in the womb, I knew you - before you were born, I set you apart, '" Trump said.

"Today and every day let us pray for the future of our country, let us pray for courage to pursue justice, and wisdom to forge peace", Trump said.

Trump is the 12th president to speak at the annual breakfast, which has been attended by every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

And Dr. Lance Plyler of the Samaritan's Purse evangelical Christian organization argued that, regardless of skin color, language, religion or country of residence, "We are all equal in the eyes of God" and "all neighbors".

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