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President Trump Delivers Remarks to the 2017 Values Voter Summit

13 October 2017

President Donald Trump dove into America's culture wars on Friday, touting his administration for "returning moral clarity to our view of the world" and ending "attacks on Judeo-Christian values".

During a 2016 meeting with religious leaders, Trump said current U.S. leadership was "selling Christianity down the tubes". "And it'll be red, they'll have it painted, but they won't say, 'Well, guess what, we're saying merry Christmas again'".

The comment drew thunderous applause. "No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks", Trump told a Springfield, Illinois rally. 'You go to department stores and they'll say "Happy New Year", or they'll say other things. "They want to be politically correct".

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He says people are saying "Merry Christmas" again.

"Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong".

This is not the first time Trump has addressed the group and initially he was not universally well received. He previously spoke at the event in 2016 during the general election as the Republican presidential nominee and in 2015, during the Republican primary race.

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The president made an appearance at the convention past year, but he was then only a presidential nominee.

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 president will address the social conservatives after he announced last week that he would end an Obama-era mandate that made it a requirement for employers to cover birth control in health insurance plans.

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President Trump Delivers Remarks to the 2017 Values Voter Summit