Skip to comments.Trump Defends Religious Liberty at Home and Abroad at National Prayer Breakfast
Posted on 02/14/2018 5:49:59 PM PST by marshmallow
President Donald Trump delivered a measured speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., touting America's success in fighting ISIS and defending religious liberties at home and abroad.
"When Americans are able to live by their convictions to speak openly of their faith and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything at all," Trump said.
Much work will always remain, but we will never rest until that job is completely done and we are really doing it like never before. We know that millions of people in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea and other countries suffer under repressive and brutal regimes. America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution," Trump said.
Trumps solemn speech also focused on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the wildfires out West, the Las Vegas shooting and the opioid epidemic highlighting a story from a family he invited to attend his State of the Union address.
When catastrophic hurricanes struck, first responders and everyday citizens dove into rushing waters to save stranded families from danger and they saved them by the thousands, Trump said. Neighbors opened their homes to those in need of food, clothes, shelter firefighters braved blinding smoke and flames to rescue children from devastating wildfires
And on Las Vegas, the president heralded strangers shielding strangers and police officers who ran into a hail of bullets to save the lives of their fellow Americans.
He also told the story of a 9-year-old girl named Sophia Marie Campa Peters. She suffers from a rare disease that caused multiple strokes, Trump said, and at one point was told she may not walk again.
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If you are only going to talk about what I can’t do, then I don’t want to hear it. Just let me try to walk, the president said Sophia told the doctors. Before going into a recent surgery, she asked for the world to pray for her. Her request reached millions, the president said.
And I have to say this, Sophia, you may only be nine years old but you are already a hero to all of us in this room and all over the world, Trump said.
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