(CNSNews.com) – In his weekly presidential address commemorating the Easter holiday, President Donald Trump condemned the ISIS attacks on Christian churches in Egypt.
“This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation. It is a holy day of reverence and worship. It is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people,” Trump said. “America is a nation of believers,” and from the beginning, it has “cherished the freedom of worship.”
“That is the promise the first settlers saw in our vast continent, and it is the promise that our bravest warriors have protected for all of our citizens in centuries since, a long time ago. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom—and one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror,” he said.
“On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian churches in Egypt,” Trump said.
“We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones, and we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow—one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience,” he said.
“With God’s grace, life always triumphs over death, freedom overcomes oppression, and faith extinguishes fear. This is the source of our hope—and our confidence in the future,” Trump added.
The president also acknowledged the Jewish celebration of the Passover.
“This week, Jewish families across our country, and around the world, celebrate Passover and retell the story of God’s deliverance of the Jewish people. The story of the Exodus is a story of freedom. It is the story of an incredible people who were liberated from oppression and raised up the face of humankind,” Trump said.
“Down through the centuries, the Jewish people have lived through one persecution after another–and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure. And now, the State of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance. Another day of faith and celebration is also upon us,” Trump added.
The president had a special message for Americans who are struggling financially, saying, “I want you to know: this White House is fighting for you.”
“We are fighting for every American who has been left behind. We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace—and to work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know,” he said.