Then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up his Bible, given to him by his mother, as he spoke during the Values Voter Summit in 2015. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption
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President Trump will become the first sitting president to address the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, as he solidifies his ties to the GOP’s evangelical wing that helped put him in the Oval Office.
This will be the third time Trump addresses the conservative gathering, after previously speaking at the event in 2015 as a candidate and then in 2016 as the Republican presidential nominee. Both of those appearances came amid plenty of questions as to whether the thrice-married billionaire and former casino owner could appeal to religious conservatives.
“A lot of people said: ‘I wonder if Donald will get the evangelicals,'” Trump told the conference last year. “I got the evangelicals. I’m going to make it up to you, too. You watch. There are no more decent, devoted or selfless people than our Christian brothers and sisters here in the United States.”
And win them over he did — 80 percent