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Trump portrays himself as defender of faith for evangelicals

The president launched Evangelicals for Trump at a Miami church Friday.
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Faith leaders pray over President Donald Trump during an "Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch" at King Jesus International Ministry, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

MIAMI — President Donald Trump highlighted his record on religious liberty as he addressed a group of evangelical supporters in Miami.

Trump spoke Friday to more than 5,000 Christians at a megachurch just days after he was the subject of a scathing editorial in Christianity Today magazine that called for his removal from office.

RELATED: Evangelical magazine Christianity Today: President Trump must go

But thousands of the faithful lifted their hands and prayed over Trump as he began speaking and portrayed himself as a defender of faith.

Some of Trump's address resembled his standard campaign speech. But he also cited his support for Israel, installation of federal judges, prison reform and a push to put prayer in public school. 

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