Donald Trump will join a who's who of the religious right Friday at the Values Voter Summit, as he becomes the first sitting president to address the event, sponsored by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council.
"We're getting near that attractive Christmas season that people don't talk about any more, they don't use the word Christmas because it is not politically correct", Trump said.
Trump zeroed in on this subject much more during his presidential campaign than he has as president. "We're saying Merry Christmas again".
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"In America, we don't worship government, we worship God", Mr. Trump told the Value Voters Summit in Washington. "They want to be politically correct". He pledged to make sure department store employees say "Merry Christmas".
The president made an appearance at the convention past year, but he was then only a presidential nominee.
"In the last 10 months we have followed through on one promise after another", Trump said.
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Mr Trump mentioned his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, claiming Mr Gorsuch is in the mould of Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative whose death in February 2016 created the vacancy.
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. Trump scraped that plan with a new rule that would exempt employers whose religious or moral beliefs conflict with providing contraceptive coverage.
The annual political conference hosted by the Family Research Council brings together evangelical voters who were key to Mr. Trump's election win a year ago.
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