President Donald Trump devoted Friday’s weekly address to the numerous religions celebrating holidays this weekend, from Christians observing Good Friday and Easter to Jewish people observing Passover. In doing so, he made sure to reinforce his administration’s firm approach to dealing with terrorists who would deny worshipers their religious freedoms.
“America is a nation of believers,” Trump said after paying his respects to the persecution that the Jewish people have faced throughout the centuries for their beliefs, as well as to the importance of Easter Sunday celebrations to the Christian faith.
“From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship,” he continued. “That is the promise the first settlers in our vast continent—and it is the promise that our bravest warriors have protected for all of our citizens in centuries since, a long time ago.”
“Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom, and one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror,” Trump said.
He pointed at the tragic Palm Sunday attack that ISIS carried out at two Christian churches in Egypt, in which multiple explosive devices killed at least 45 worshipers and injured over 100 others.
“We condemn this barbaric attack,” Trump declared, expressing optimism for a future of which people from all faiths – “Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu” – can practice their religion without fear of persecution.
Trump did not miss the opportunity to echo one of his key campaign promises. “I also want to give a special message to those struggling Americans who have felt for too long the bitter taste of hardship. I want you to know: this White House is fighting for you,” he said.