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President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

'In America, we don't worship government, we worship God,' Trump told the Values Voter Summit


Updated October 13, 2017 10:23 AM EDT

President Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit.

Updated October 13, 2017 10:48 AM EDT

President Trump specifically addressed the social conservatives listening to his speech at the Values Voters Summit, pledging to protect their religious liberty and traditional values.

"In America, we don't worship government, we worship God," he said. "Inspired by that conviction, we are returning moral clarity to our view of the world and the many grave challenges we face."

Updated October 13, 2017 10:43 AM EDT

President Trump vowed to reform America's health care system with or without Congress.

"We are going to have great health care in our country," he said. "We're taking a little different route. In the end, it's going to be just as effective, and maybe it'll be even better."

Updated October 13, 2017 10:39 AM EDT

President Trump touted the power of prayer after the mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, the worst of its kind in modern U.S. history.

"America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer," he said. "[The] shooting] was an act of evil."

"In the wake of such horror, we also witnessed the true character of our nation," Trump continued. "Americans defied hatred and evil with courage and love. The light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

Updated October 13, 2017 10:33 AM EDT

President Trump on Friday said that America's states and territories recently devastated by hurricanes are "healing rapidly."

"They're states and territories and they're healing rapidly," he said at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. "The American people have responded with goodness and bravery and generosity. When America is unified, no force on Earth can break us apart."

President Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council's (FRC) Values Voter Summit aimed at social conservatives.

Trump's remarks at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. that morning are the third time he has spoken at the summit, including his appearance last year as the GOP's presidential nominee.

FRC President Tony Perkins on Tuesday explained what Trump means to "values voters" following former President Barack Obama's two terms in office.

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"Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation," he said in a statement.

"Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment," Perkins added.

"President Trump's executive order on religious liberty and the follow up actions last week by HHS and DOJ, demonstrate that he is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom."

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