Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Trump honors veterans, talks religious rights

Trump honors veterans, talks religious rights

President Donald Trump is speaking at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Celebrate Freedom Rally, sponsored by the evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group.

President Trump was the main event at the concert organized by Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, who delivered the sermon at President Trump's inaugural church service.

He said: "We can not allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, or to find sanctuary on our shores or in our cities".

Saturday also saw Trump renew his Twitter assault on Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough, saying: 'Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses.

"The dishonest media will not stop us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of the American people", he said.

"Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom, he's also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom", President Trump said at the event, which included wounded warriors who are patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center.

The President offered the veterans heartfelt thanks and asked them to stand.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington Saturday
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The president's remarks come days ahead of the nation's annual Independence Day celebration and as Trump considers his administration's approach toward fighting Islamic State.

The president started his Saturday tweet storm on a positive note, offering a "Happy Canada Day" to the people of that country and to his "new found friend" Justin Trudeau, the prime minister.

President Donald Trump told a gathering of evangelicals in Washington that terrorism is the greatest global threat to religious freedoms.

Trump appeared on a stage decorated with a massive American flag. "The fact is, the press destroyed themselves because they went too far", he said.

"Above all else, we know this". "Our rights are given to us by God and no earthly force can ever take those rights away". In America, we don't worship government.

"Your legacy like our gratitude will live forever", he said.

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