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Trump Vows to Support and Defend Religious Freedom in US

Besides speaking to the event's religious theme, Trump renewed his campaign promise to always take care of America's veterans

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    Trump Celebrates Freedom at Packed DC Rally

    President Donald Trump thanks military veterans and honored America at the Celebrate Freedom Rally on Saturday, July 1. Trump spoke to hundreds of people inside the Kennedy Center in Washington. (Published Sunday, July 2, 2017)

    President Donald Trump vowed to support and defend religious liberty, telling a gathering of evangelical Christians that the threat of terrorism is "one of the most grave and dire threats to religious freedom in the world today."

    "We cannot allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, or to find sanctuary on our shores or in our cities," Trump said Saturday night at a "Celebrate Freedom" concert honoring veterans. "We want to make sure that anyone who seeks to join our country shares our values and has the capacity to love our people."

    The evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group sponsored the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress was a strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.

    The event at times felt like one of Trump's signature campaign rallies, with the president promising an adoring crowd that America would "win again" and prompting cheers with attacks on the news media.

    Sanders: Flake Only Criticizing Trump Because of Low Poll Numbers

    [NATL] Sanders: Flake Only Criticizing Trump Because of Low Poll Numbers

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Senator Jeff Flake's speech on the senate floor was made due to low poll numbers than an actual sincere criticism of President Trump. Sanders also talked about Steve Bannon's lawyer relaying information from the House Intelligence committee's questions to his client directly back to the White House, saying it is "standard procedure."

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018)

    "The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I'm president and they're not," he said.

    Trump appeared on a stage decorated with a massive American flag. Choirs performed "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and other hymns, and debuted a song with the lyrics "make America great again" — Trump's campaign slogan.

    Besides speaking to the event's religious theme, Trump renewed his campaign promise to always take care of America's veterans.

    "Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom, he's also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom," he said.

    Overwhelming support from evangelical voters helped propel Trump to victory in 2016. Since he took office, Christian conservatives have been overjoyed by Trump's appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his executive order ordering the IRS to ease up on a rarely enforced limit on partisan political activity by churches.

    Trump was spending the pre-Independence Day weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, but traveled back to Washington for the event.

    GOP Sen. Flake Criticizes Trump and Fake News Claims

    [NATL] 'Moral Vandalism': GOP Sen. Flake Criticizes Trump and Fake News Claims

    Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., criticized President Donald Trump on the Senate floor on Wednesday, calling Trump's fake news claims "despotic language."

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018)