President Trump to Address 12th Annual Values Voter Summit

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

Trump has seized on these feelings, regularly telling primarily religious audiences that his presidency has made it acceptable to "start saying Merry Christmas again". When was the last time you saw "Merry Christmas?' You don't see it anymore", Trump said on the campaign trail.

Trump also referenced his administration's broadening of religious exemptions under the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate, which has been the subject of many lawsuits due to claims of religious liberty violations.

Trump's speech was anchored around freedom of religion, though he mentioned topics like Obamacare, Israel and the Iran nuclear deal between his remarks about stopping the "attacks" on Judeo-Christian values. You go to department stores and they'll say Happy New Year and they'll say other things; it'll be red, they'll have it painted but they don't say it. "And as a Christmas gift to all of our hardworking families, we hope Congress will pass massive tax cuts for the American people". "They want to be politically correct".

"Well, guess what, we're saying "Merry Christmas" again", Trump said to raucous cheers.

The FRC announced Tuesday that Trump was going to address the VVS, the billionaire real estate mogul being the first sitting president to do so in its history.

Trump had spoken at the summit as a candidate in 2015 and 2016.

Trump, facing difficultly in getting Congress to work with him on a host of issues, has focused more on his political base lately, catering to the conservative voters who vaulted him from reality TV star to President.

The annual political conference hosted by the Family Research Council brings together evangelical voters who were key to Mr. Trump's election win previous year.

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