Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast for the second time, President Trump stressed the importance of putting God at the center of the country, describing America as a "nation of believers."
Unlike last year, where President Trump promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment — a provision in the tax code barring churches and nonprofits from endorsing political candidates — the president eschewed political promises in favor of highlighting the importance of faith.
"America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer," Trump said.
The president made reference to America's God-centered founding, such as the Declaration of Independence referencing God four times. He also noted how our currency boldly declares "In God We Trust" and how our Pledge of Allegiance states, "We are one nation, under God."
Also referencing the phrase "praise be to God" etched atop the Washington monument, Trump declared, "and those same words are etched in the hearts of people."
"Our rights are not given to us by men, our rights are given to us from our creator," he said. "No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away."
The president highlighted how "the Lord's grace" shines in America through acts of service and good deeds. So long as Americans hold firmly to their convictions, Trump said, "our nation can achieve anything at all."
Then the president shifted to the importance of religious liberty, praising the many Christians, Jews, and "countless Muslims" abroad who have bravely suffered under the persecution of ISIS. He also gave another nod to North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho from his State of the Union address.
"As long as we open our hearts to God’s grace, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the light to all nations," Trump said, "America will flourish, as long as our liberty, and in particular our religious liberty, is allowed to flourish."
The keynote speaker that morning was not the president, but rather Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House Majority Whip, who was hospitalized last year when a crazed leftist opened fire on several GOP lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. Scalise spoke about how the harrowing incident gave him "renewed faith."