Trump to address Values Voter Summit

President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit on Friday in Washington D.C

The former real estate mogul will attend the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday (local time), an annual event he has attended three times previously - even a year ago, in his role as Republican presidential candidate.

Trump is the first sitting president to visit the annual conference.

The president made an appearance at the convention a year ago, but he was then only a presidential nominee.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said he is looking forward to the president's attendance.

Perkins praised the Trump administration's issuance last week of a "religious freedom" order, which is actually a broad license to discriminate in both the public and private sectors without repercussion.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights nonprofit which monitors hate groups, said Trump's appearance as keynote speaker "puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community".

Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who runs far-right news site Breitbart and has previously spoken of the battle to preseve "the Judeo-Christian west" is also on the list of speakers.

Actor Kevin Sorbo, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, radio host Bill Bennett, author Laura Ingraham, and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann are also scheduled to speak.

Still, the president's past support for reproductive rights, his poor attendance record at church and his two divorces put him at odds with numerous core values these same Christian voters espouse. The event has drawn more than 3,000 attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. "Garnering national and worldwide media attention, CNN has called it "one of the top 10 political events of the year" and 'one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.' Sean Hannity called it 'the premier conservative event now in the country'".

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