Trump: ‘America Stands With All People Suffering Oppression and Religious Persecution’

By Melanie Arter | February 8, 2018 | 12:41 PM EST

President Donald Trump speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast (Screenshot of White House video)

( - Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Donald Trump pointed to the countries of Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea as examples of people suffering under “repressive and brutal regimes” and said that “America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution.”

He called out the ISIS for torturing and murdering Christians, Jews, religious minorities, and countless Muslims.


“For years, ISIS had brutally tortured and murdered Christians, Jews, religious minorities, and countless Muslims. Today, the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers in Iraq and all throughout Syria. 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,” he said.

“We know that millions of people in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and other countries suffer under repressive and brutal regimes. America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution,” the president added.

The National Prayer Breakfast “reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty,” Trump said. “Our founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence.  Our currency declares, ‘In God We Trust,’ and we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are  ‘one nation under God.’

“Our rights are not given to us by man. Our rights come from our creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away. That is why the words ‘praise be to God] are etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people,” he said.

“So today, we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American. Across our land, we see the splendor of God's creation. Throughout our history, we see the story of God's providence, and in every city and town, we see the Lord's grace all around us, through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God,” Trump said.

The president said “the Lord’s grace” can be found in “servicemembers who risk their lives for our freedom,” teachers, police, and in mothers and fathers “who work two and three jobs to give their children the chance for a better and much more prosperous and happier life.”

“As the Bible tells us, for we are God's handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works. America's heroes rise to this calling. In their selfless deeds, they reveal the beauty and goodness of the human soul,” he said.


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