Trump mixes message with religion at DC summit

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Appearing at a conference for Christian conservatives, Donald Trump on Friday added several rare religious notes to a stump speech that focused on domestic policy, and attacking rival Hillary Clinton.

The twice-divorced, formerly pro-choice Trump has always been something of an unlikely success with evangelical voters. At the conference Friday, sponsored by the Family Research Council, and held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Trump quoted scripture and vowed to defend Christianity if elected.

“In a Trump Administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected and defended... like you’ve never seen before,” Trump told his audience, riffing on prepared remarks he read from a teleprompter.

The GOP nominee expanded somewhat on his education plan, which focuses on block-granting money to states to encourage school choice.

He also vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia; a devout Catholic who was well-loved by Christian conservatives.

In a week dominated by questions about foreign policy, and which candidate would make the more formidable commander in chief, Trump used his remarks to blame Clinton’s policies as secretary of state for North Korea’s latest nuclear test.

“It’s just one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state,” Trump said. “Failed at everything.”

Trump provided no detail about what he would have done different to discourage North Korea in the past, or to curb their nuclear ambitions in the future.

Trump also vowed to work with any nation to fight ISIS – including Russia, and its leader, Vladimir Putin.

“My administration, on the other hand, will work with any country that is willing to partner with us to defeat ISIS and halt radical Islamic terrorism.  And by the way, that includes Russia.  If they want to join us on knocking out ISIS, that is just fine as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said to cheers. “It’s a very imperfect world, and you can’t always choose your friends. That’s life.”


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