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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Donald Trump announced at a conservative gathering, "In America, we don't worship government, we worship God."
Speaking at the Road to Majority Conference on June 8 in Washington D.C., Trump commented, "A nation is more than just the geography. A nation is the sum of its citizens, their hopes, their dreams, their values, their prayers ... Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood."
He added, "But we know that families and churches, not government [officials], know best how to create a strong and loving community."
The conference is happening June 8–10 and is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition and featured other speakers on Thursday, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. David Perdue, a successful businessman and conservative politician from Georgia.
Trump is considered by many as a political outsider, but he has ingratiated himself to many Christians with similar comments. In February at the National Prayer Breakfast, he said, "As long as we have God we are never, ever alone. ... God will always give us solace and strength and comfort," and noted how important it was for politicians to pray, adding, "For us here in Washington, we must never, ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His Will."
On June 6, Vice President Mike Pence, raised Catholic but converted to Evangelical Protestantism, addressed the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. He disclosed that Trump "appreciates the extraordinary contributions of Catholic Americans."
He went on to note how important his own Catholic upbringing was, saying, "The hymns and liturgies of the Catholic Church are the anthems of my youth." He added, "I want to tell you as a young boy growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, my Catholic faith poured an eternal foundation in my life."
He further revealed, "Let me assure you this morning ... American Catholics have an ally in President Donald Trump."
On May 4, Trump signed an executive order directing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to "exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment" — a law prohibiting religious groups from endorsing political candidates. Under the Obama administration, conservative and religious groups were punished for their views by either being denied tax-exempt status or by being audited by the IRS.