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President Trump announces faith initiative on National Day of Prayer

President Trump delivered remarks at a National Day of Prayer event at the White House and unveiled a new executive order that aims to protect religious freedom of Americans.



Trump signed the latest executive order of his presidency, to establish a faith-based office, the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. He said it would focus on protecting religious freedom and ensuring that "the faith-based and community organizations that form the bedrock of our society have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the federal government."

"Prayer has always been at the center of the American life. America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer," said Trump at the Rose Garden ceremony.

In addition to making recommendations to the administration, the office will also inform the administration of "any failures of the executive branch to comply with religious liberty protections under law."

The initiative will be led by a newly appointed White House adviser to the group and will be supported by various faith leaders from outside the federal government. The order also aims to ensure faith based organizations have "equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs."

"We take this step because we know that in solving the many many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than god," said Trump.

Last year, on the National Day of Prayer, the president signed a similar "religious liberty" executive order that would allow the IRS to opt not to enforce the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits nonprofits such as churches and charities from "directly or indirectly" engaging in a political campaign.

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