Pence added, “Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration.”
The advocacy for persecuted Christians, he said later, is one of “enormous importance to this administration,” according to The Washington Post.
Although some have criticized President Trump for not doing enough to protect the rights of Christians, others view him in a more positive light.
“I think the fact that the vice president is coming [to the summit] illuminates that the persecution of Christians is not something they’re going to ignore,” said Ken Isaacs, leader of government relations of Franklin Graham’s charity Samaritan’s Purse.
Pence reiterated throughout his speech that he was personally representing President Trump, and that the administration was devoted to First Amendment freedoms, including religious liberty for Christians and all other people of faith.
In one moment of his speech, he drew applause as he focused on military action needed to put down “radical Islamic terrorists.”
“The president knows that terrorists will not stop unless we stop them. Under President Donald Trump, we will stop them,” Pence said. “We will not rest. We will not relent until we hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source.”
“Because of the actions of Donald Trump,” he added, “ISIS is already on the run.”
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