President Trump on Friday offered well-wishes to Americans celebrating Easter and Passover, calling the U.S. “a nation of believers.”
“As families gather in houses of worship across the nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings on this land, our home,” the president said in his weekly address.
“We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future.”
Trump talked about some of the season’s major religious holidays — Passover started earlier this week while Easter is Sunday.
After telling the story of Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt, Trump noted the Jewish history of persecution.
“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.”
And he looked forward toward Easter, which celebrates the biblical resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“It is a holy day of reverence and worship, a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people,” Trump said.
The president pivoted to terrorism, calling it “one of the gravest threats to religious freedom” and condemning recent attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Christian worshipers.
He concluded by calling out to “those struggling Americans who have felt, for too long, the bitter taste of hardship.”
“This White House is fighting for you. We are fighting for every American who has been left behind,” he said.
“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.”