At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump says 'I will never let you down'

Erika Holt
February 8, 2019

His speech came after he devoted some of his State of the Union address to the issue of late-term abortion, a key issue for many conservative Christians - especially after bills in NY and Virginia aiming to ease late-term abortion restrictions.

President Donald Trump will address the National Prayer Breakfast, where he will speak to leaders from all over the globe, including clergy, diplomats and lobbyists. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.

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This year's program included a mix of conservative and progressive speakers, including Gary Haugen, a human rights activist and International Justice Mission founder, and Christian performing artist Chris Tomlin, who provided praise music between speakers.

He warns: "I do sense that we are in a national moment of perilously mounting discouragement".

Among those delivering readings on Thursday was the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who made headlines around the world with his stirring sermon about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. "Our tribal divisions, our institutional dysfunctions, our desperate winner-take-all contests of cultural resistance or survival, they seem to be pressing in our chests with a swelling anxiety of national disintegration". He says Washington should find compromise on criminal justice reform and addressing the opioid crisis. "Before you were born, I set you apart,"' Trump added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) laid down the law Thursday at her weekly briefing, telling reporters that she would not comment on President Donald Trump's "characterizations or mischaracterizations" of Democrats' committee work. Lawmakers and religious leaders from about 70 countries gather at the Washington event, first organized in 1953.

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