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At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump Pledges, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’

Feb 8, 2019

By Tom Gjelten

With his opening words at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one he was eager to please.

“I will never let you down,” he said. “I can say that. Never.”

In his first appearance at the event in 2017, Trump promised to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, a cause popular among those Christians who resent the law’s restriction of political speech by pastors. The law is still on the books, and Trump did not repeat the promise this year.

He devoted much of his speech instead to other issues important to conservative Christians, from religious liberty to abortion. He praised Vice President Pence’s wife Karen for teaching at a conservative Christian school that requires its staff to declare a belief in marriage as “the uniting of one man and one woman,” and he pledged support for a government-funded Catholic adoption agency in Michigan that faces an ACLU lawsuit over its refusal to place children with same-sex couples.

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