WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said he will always protect people of faith, as he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.
Trump said at Thursday's event, "As president I will always cherish, honor and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation."
Trump thanked faith leaders for supporting his administration's criminal justice reform efforts. He adds, "America is a nation that believes in redemption."
Trump added that he has directed his administration to fight to protect religious freedom.
The annual gathering brought together members of the president's Cabinet and members of Congress.
President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are being asked to set aside "tribal divisions" to do good.
Delivering the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Thursday, Gary Haugen, the CEO and founder of the International Justice Mission, told the nation's political leaders that: "When we all agree on good that needs doing, we should just do it."
Haugen encouraged leaders to also take action to end modern slavery. He says Washington should find compromise on criminal justice reform and addressing the opioid crisis.
Haugen is raising alarm about a "fracturing of the American family."
He warns: "I do sense that we are in a national moment of perilously mounting discouragement."
Trump and Pelosi are joining more than 180 members of Congress at the annual event.