Donald Trump's speech to U.S. conservatives laced with Christmas spirit

WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump and others speak at 2017 Voters Value Summit

Trump's speech marked the first time a sitting US president spoke at the Values Voter Summit, which is hosted by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council.

"We're confronting rogue regimes from Iran to North Korea and we are challenging the communist dictatorship of Cuba and the socialist oppression of Venezuela", Trump told the Values Voter summit, a conservative political conference. "USA!" Trump sought to connect with an audience of social conservatives, who were largely responsible for his win in the 2016 presidential election.

The president also said he was "stopping cold" attacks on Judeo-Christian values. "We're saying "Merry Christmas" again". "When America is unified, no force on Earth can break us apart". He adds his hope that Congress will give the American people a Christmas gift by passing his tax cut proposal.

Earlier in the speech, he paid tribute to victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

President Donald Trump on Friday pledged to an adoring crowd of evangelicals his commitment to religious liberty, as he declared that his administration was "substantially ahead of schedule" in delivering on campaign promises.

These and millions of other voters went heavy for the "working-class billionaire", whom they saw as someone who would push back against an assault on their values and way of life. Thank you. We will not allow government workers to censor sermons or target our pastors or our ministers or rabbis. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome us", Trump said.

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"We stand united behind the customs, beliefs and traditions that define who we are as a nation and as a people". This is America's heritage, a country that never forgets that we are all - all, every one of us - made by the same God in Heaven.

"A lot of people said: 'I wonder if Donald will get the evangelicals?'"

"After eight years enduring the Obama administration's hostility toward everything from religious liberty to the unborn, values voters were eager to see President Trump accelerate the undoing of Obama's policies", Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrote on the conservative website Breitbart recently.

"One of the promises I made you was that I would come back", he said during his remarks.

White-only Catholics voted for Mitt Romney by a slight margin, while President Trump won them overwhelmingly.

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