"We will be a safe country, we will be a free country, and we will be a country where all citizens can practice their beliefs without fear of hostility or fear of violence," he said.
Earlier in the program, the Senate chaplain, Barry C. Black, emphasized the power of prayer.
"I agree with Tennyson that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of," he said. "My friends, when we make our voices heard in heaven, it makes a palpable difference."
He added that first, "we pray from a sense of need," saying that "my friends, God wants us to pray when we need Him," and "we ought to pray that God's hand will be on our President."
"Secondly, pray with intimacy," he insisted, pointing to Jesus addressing God the Father as "Abba," or "daddy."
"Pray like Hannah," he said, pointing to the mother of the prophet Samuel who "prayed with such specificity and such intimacy" for a baby that the priest Eli "thought she was inebriated."
Also, "pray for those who govern," he added, "so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity."
Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), heads of the Senate's weekly prayer breakfast group, and Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), heads of the House weekly prayer breakfast group, spoke and highlighted their common prayer which transcends political party lines.
"We haven't come here to celebrate power or money or politics. We've come here together to pray. And it may be the understatement of the century that Washington, D.C. needs prayer," Sen. Coons stated.
Trump at the breakfast also pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits non-profit organizations and their representatives from officially endorsing political candidates or participating in their campaigns, lest they lose their tax-exempt status.
"Jefferson asked can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" Trump asked, noting that "among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs."
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"That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution."
Matt Hadro was the political editor at Catholic News Agency through October 2021. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.