"As long as we open our eyes to God's grace and open our hearts to God's love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the fearless, and a light to all nations", said Trump.
Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren of IL and Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of Florida co-chaired the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast. "We do come in with our differences, with our strongly held views, but we always walk out with a little more understanding, more together, and more unified".
Trump's words about religion and following God's teachings came a day after his White House struggled to react to a report that his staff secretary, Rob Porter, physically and otherwise abused his two ex-wives. "I felt that prayer, the prayers of so many people that I had never met before", said Scalise.
Trump attended the prayer breakfast a few weeks after allegations broke that he had an affair with an adult film actress in 2006 and paid $130,000 to keep her quiet during the 2016 campaign.
Trump enjoys strong support from the evangelical Christian community.
Under Eisenhower's leadership "In God We Trust" was added to United States currency and the phrase "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. "In their selfless deeds they reveal the beauty and goodness of the human soul", Trump said.
"We all want a government that celebrates all Americans", Fish said.
He also commended those Americans who responded to the tragedies that befell our country in the past year, particularly those who served others suffering amid hurricanes, forest fires, the Las Vegas shooting, and the opioid epidemic. "Our currency declares, 'In God We Trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'One Nation Under God'".
Trump vowed to "totally destroy" the law in his first speech to the prayer breakfast past year, drawing enthusiastic applause.
He again spoke of the coalition "to defeat ISIS that has liberated nearly 100% of the territory just recently held by those killers in Iraq and all throughout Syria".
Trump's remarks were part of the annual National Prayer Breakfast, a major DC-area event that features several members of Congress, world leaders, religious leaders, and other honored guests. The majority of them were doctors, lawyers and business leaders.