President Donald Trump fervently advocated for religious liberty in a speech before a group of conservative Christian voters, citing the protection of religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment, even as his critics pointed to that same amendment earlier in the week as he suggested blocking freedom of the press.
Trump’s remarks came at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. where he became the first sitting president to address the event hosted by the Family Research Council — a religious non-profit lobbying organization that promotes what it describes as “traditional values”.
As was the case in his two prior appearances at the summit as a presidential candidate, Trump focused much of his energy on the theme of protecting freedom of religion, and argued he has followed through on his campaign promises..
“I pledged that in a Trump administration our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before,” the president said. “That’s what’s happening. That’s what’s happening. You see it every day, you’re reading it.”