On Monday, August 27th, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a special evening event for Evangelical leaders. A number of well-known Christian pastors were welcomed to the White House for a glamorous dinner where the attendees focused on America’s faith and prayer.
President Trump opened the event with a short speech emphasizing the great impact that leaders of faith have on our nation. Additionally, he offered his prayers to the victims of the recent Florida shooting and the family members of late Republican Senator John McCain.
“We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family, and freedom,” Trump began. “As you know in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom, but the attacks on communities of faith are over….America is a nation of believers and tonight we’re joined by faith leaders from across the country who believe in the dignity of life, the glory of God, and the power of prayer.”
“I want to extend our prayers and condolences to the victims of the tragic shooting in Jacksonville, Florida...Also, our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain,” he continued. “There will be a lot of activity over the next number of days and we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country, so thank you very much.”
After wrapping up his remarks, Trump introduced Pastor Paula White to bless the meal in prayer. However, POTUS was shocked when Paula presented Trump and Melania with a thoughtful gift before praying over the dinner.
“Before we pray the prayer, this group would like to present to you — and First Lady — a Bible that is signed by over 100 Christians, Evangelicals that love you and pray for you,” White told the President.
The pastor then read the inscription, which said, “First Lady and President, you are in our prayers always. Thank you for your courageous and bold stand for religious liberty and for your timeless service to all Americans. We appreciate the price that you have paid to walk in the high calling. History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations. We pray this prayer.”
President Trump had the best reaction. The thoughtful gift was clearly unexpected. He muttered, “Wow,” with a surprised, yet grateful look on his face — his eyebrows raised accompanied by a soft smile.
Watch President Trump’s full speech and his reaction to receiving the Bible below:
In related news, Second Lady Karen Pence stunned with her beautiful blue dress at the White House dinner. See the gorgeous photos here!