Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: America is a nation of believers

Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: America is a nation of believers

"We see the power of God's love at work in our souls and the power of God's will to answer all of our prayers", Trump said. "The only thing better is talking about God and eating PIZZA!"

He made a reference to North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, who was a guest at Trump's State of the Union last month, and said he repeatedly prayed the Lord's Prayer until he was free from the totalitarian regime. He's the first speaker addressing the more than 3, 500people attending the event. "If you go to the Jefferson Memorial right now, go read this inscription from Thomas Jefferson, 'God, who gave us life, gave us liberty". He says that the United States is a nation of believers and that we value faith in God above all else. "No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away", stated Trump.

In remarks to the annual gathering of lawmakers, religious leaders and dignitaries, Trump noted that America's founders invoked "our creator" in the Declaration of Independence, U.S. currency declares "In God We Trust" and "we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are one nation under God".

Nor did he mention the Johnson Amendment, a law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates.

During his speech this morning, Trump repeated portions of Sophia's story for the assembled crowd, which included the girl herself. It is co-hosted by Democratic and Republican members of House and Senate weekly prayer groups.

The breakfast also paid tribute to one of its longtime organizers, Doug Coe, who died past year in late February.

He praised Sophia Marie Campa-Peters, a 9-year-old who earned national attention for her call for 10,000 prayers from strangers before she underwent a high-risk surgery. A special counsel and congressional committees are investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election via hacked emails and fake news.

"When politicians can not agree with each other, that's the time when mere humans, mere people, should step in and start negotiating", he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Other attendees said they appreciated the multiday opportunity to connect with other people of faith. "And I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can. So today, Sophia, I'm here to tell you that millions of people from every corner of the world will be praying for you". "But it really is about three days of events and people coming together from all over the world and coming together in the spirit of Jesus".

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