"Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights to extending the vote for women, have been led by people of faith, " Trump said to a primarily religious audience in a speech during the National Prayer Breakfast.
"I will never let you down", Trump told the gathering of faith leaders, members of his Cabinet and top Republican and Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives that has embarked on several investigations of Trump and his administration.
"My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs", Trump said Thursday.
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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Trump alluded to an American Civil Liberties Union federal lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that challenges a state law that protects child-placing agencies that deny adoption services because of a conflict with the agency's religious beliefs.
"As president I will always cherish, honor and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation", he said.
Trump did not repeat his call to attendees at the prayer breakfast, but said he stood behind them, even as other speakers bemoaned the level of division in the country.
"For our American family, I do sense that we are in a national moment of perilously mounting discouragement", he said.
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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader and presidential candidate in the May 21 2019 election, Lazarus Chakwera, is this Thursday attending the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, United States of America after an invitation. Prayer makes wonderful things possible, even an end to political gridlock, Trump said.