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Trump to become first sitting president to address Values Voter Summit

The Hill logo The Hill 10/12/2017 Mallory Shelbourne
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President Trump on Friday will become the first sitting United States president to speak at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit.

"Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation," Tony Perkins, the council's president, said in a Tuesday statement.

"Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment."

Trump spoke at the summit in 2015, during the Republican primary race, and last year ahead of the 2016 general election.

Perkins also praised Trump's recent executive order on health care, saying it shows that the president "is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom."

The Trump administration last week rolled back an Obama-era mandate that made it a requirement for employers to cover birth control in health insurance plans. Both non-profit and for-profit employers may choose to stop adhering to the mandate based on religious and moral grounds.

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