By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer
Since his campaign, President Trump has taken a page from President Reagan’s playbook.
“I know you can’t endorse me,” Reagan famously told a room full of evangelicals in 1980. “But . . . I want you to know that I endorse you.”
Whenever he takes the stage in front of conservative Christians, Trump uses those opportunities to remind them of his promises, like appointing Supreme Court justices who could help overturn Roe v. Wade and making “Merry Christmas” a more common greeting during the holidays.
“We’re going to protect Christianity,” Trump said during a 2016 speech at Liberty University.
On Thursday morning, during an address to the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump was explicit.
“I will never let you down. I can say that. Never,” he told leaders from all over the globe, including clergy, diplomats and lobbyists. The annual event at the Washington Hilton especially attracts conservative evangelicals jockeying to rub shoulders with Washington’s elite. Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the event that draws several thousand people, and this year’s event was co-chaired by Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.) and Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.).
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