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Becoming the first sitting president to address the annual Values Voter Summit, Trump entered a ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington to applause, cheers and chants of "USA!"

"We're confronting rogue regimes from Iran to North Korea and we are challenging the communist dictatorship of Cuba and the socialist oppression of Venezuela", Trump told the Values Voter summit, a conservative political conference. He previously spoke at the event in 2016 during the general election as the Republican presidential nominee and in 2015, during the Republican primary race.

Trump also said he's "stopping cold" attacks on Judeo-Christian values. We celebrate our heroes and we salute every American who wears the uniform. He adds his hope that Congress will give the American people a Christmas gift by passing his tax cut proposal. He opened his speech by mentioning the tragedy in Las Vegas and the need for prayer at this hard time.

"Religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights". "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".

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.

'In America, we don't worship government, we worship God, ' Trump said. However, there is no president of the US territory - that would be Trump himself.

"As long as we have pride in our country, confidence in our future and faith in our God, then America will prevail", Trump said.

President Donald Trump on Friday pledged to an adoring crowd of evangelicals his commitment to religious liberty, as he declared that his administration was "substantially ahead of schedule" in delivering on campaign promises.

"A lot of people said: 'I wonder if Donald will get the evangelicals?'"

"One of the promises I made you was I'd come back".

At one point, Trump made a odd joke asking Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, for permission to skip next year's event. "You watch. There are no more decent, devoted or selfless people than our Christian brothers and sisters here in the United States".

Eight in 10 white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls - a higher proportion than supported fellow Republicans George W Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012.


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