"Every life is sacred and every soul is a precious gift from heaven", he said, to raucous applause.
Trump did not refer directly to that debate in his remarks Thursday, which were among his strongest on the subject of abortion generally.
In his first appearance at the event in 2017, Trump promised to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, a cause popular among those Christians who resent the law's restriction of political speech by pastors. Turning to Brunson, who was in the audience, Trump took credit for his release in October 2018.
"I thank you for the question because many of you don't know, but when I was speaker, my flagship issue under President [George W. Bush] was climate", she said when asked about her approach to the issue in light of a Green New Deal resolution some progressive Democrats, including NY freshmen Rep. "I said, 'You gotta let him out.' And they let you out". And though that obviously is not what Trump meant to say, it does seem to be what is in his heart.
Trump also spoke of Pastor Andrew Brunson who was released from Turkey previous year and noted that he would be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding this weekend.
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As the rain moves in Sunday evening and Sunday night, areas north and west of Richmond could see some wintry weather. The sky will remain cloudy through tonight , with a chance of scattered showers as an east-southeast wind returns.
"Well, that's great", he added, apparently ad-libbing. "Before you were born, I set you apart, '" which is from Jeremiah 1:5. Chris Coons serve as this year's co-chairs.
During the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, the president called attention to the case of Melissa and Chuck Buck of Holt, Michigan, who have adopted five children with special needs since 2009.
In another early-morning tweet, Trump complained, "The Dems and their committees are going "nuts", referring to investigations and oversight inquiries of the administration launched by the new Democratic majority in the House.
Of course her clapping for President Obama (D) in 2009 was so energetic she had a virtual clap-off with Vice President Joe Biden at the time.
Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission spoke before Trump and talked at length about what he described as a "fracturing of the American family".
Still, he pointed to issues including criminal justice reform and combatting the opioid epidemic as areas in which the country could come together.