In a speech at the 12th annual Values Voter Summit on Friday morning, Trump told those gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel that "in the last 10 months, we have followed through on one promise after another".
Trump zeroed in on this subject much more during his presidential campaign than he has as president. The summit has been going on annually since 2006; The Advocate inquired if either George W. Bush or Barack Obama was ever invited to address the gathering but has yet to receive an answer from the FRC. Americans are as free today as they were previous year or decades ago to say "Merry Christmas", or "Happy Holidays", or nothing at all.
Calling his efforts "substantially ahead of schedule", Trump declared that "we are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values". "As we approach the end of the year-you know, we're getting near that handsome Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore". "They don't use the word 'Christmas'".
He says people are saying "Merry Christmas" again.
Trump also denounced the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits houses of worship from engaging in political activities, promising that he will "not allow government workers to censor sermons, or target our pastors, our ministers, our rabbis".
Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, Trump boasted about "tremendous strides" against ISIS and his plan to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, while saying he hoped to give Americans a Christmas gift of tax reform and to deliver on scrapping Obamacare, after multiple failed repeal efforts.
Trump has a complicated relationship with the religious right: On one hand, polling shows that his policy proposals enjoy wide support among many Evangelical Christians, 81 percent of whom voted for Trump in 2016. This will be the first time a sitting president has appeared at the conservative meeting.