The event will have guests such as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, who at a Ted Cruz engagement once put the onus to conservatives to "rid the earth" of gays. As we approach the end of the year-you know, we're getting near that attractive Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore. We defend our constitution. "The American founders invoked our creator four times in the declaration of Independence, four times".
Trump "How times have changed".
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which classifies the Family Research Council, one of the groups behind the summit, as a hate group, tweeted about the gathering the president had chosen to address. "We protect religious liberty", he stated.
But it was not only the Gorsuch nomination, but the "150 other conservative court nominees" Trump appointed who will "turn back this country to its roots".
Trump, who has spent most of his life in socially progressive New York City, expressed liberal views about the LGBT community prior to his 2016 run, once saying he supported an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and noting that he "grew up in New York City, a town with different races, religions, and peoples".
"We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values", Trump said. "I didn't have a schedule, [but] if I did have a schedule, I would say we are substantially ahead of schedule".
The president also touched on a topic that he often discussed on the campaign trail - that our culture should welcome back people and say "Merry Christmas" around the holidays.More news: U.S. withdraws from UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias'
Religious freedom was major point in Trump's address, which was delivered to many evangelical Christians.
The President received a roaring approval from the crowd and a standing ovation when he mentioned the War on Christmas and how department stores and others have been bullied by political correctness. "We don't worship government".
"In the last 10 months we have followed through on one promise after another", Trump said.
"Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on", he said. Americans are as free today as they were previous year or decades ago to say "Merry Christmas", or "Happy Holidays", or nothing at all.
'Well. guess what? We're saying Merry Christmas again, ' Trump said.
Trump also issued a call for unity at the event, recalling recent tragedies affecting the nation, such as the mass shooting at Las Vegas, the wildfire claiming lives in California and devastation caused by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
And win them over he did - 80 percent of white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls.