President Trump signed a document yesterday that will leave you seriously impressed.
President Trump was joined by Christian and evangelical leaders, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, inside the Oval Office recently. The president signed a document proclaiming Sunday, September 3rd a national day of prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. “The entire Nation grieves with Texas and Louisiana. We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need,” President Trump said in a statement, which is now available on the White House’s official website.
After signing the proclamation, the religious leaders surrounding President Trump took a moment to comment on the efforts of his administration. “We thank you for acknowledging that ultimately, it is God who is the source of our unity as Americans, and I thank you for issuing this proclamation today,” one member said.
“Thank you so much for your personal gift to the victims,” another religious leader said, adding that, “people of all faiths and no faith are out there helping one another. And we appreciate your example in going there tomorrow.”
President Trump has personally committed $1 million to disaster relief in Texas and Louisiana.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas earlier in the week to offer his immediate support to the people of Texas. Vice President Mike Pence followed President Trump to Texas two days later.
President Trump is scheduled to return to Texas today, and he will stay in the region throughout tomorrow’s national day of prayer.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, alongside Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, declared that Sunday will be a day of prayer for the people of Texas. By signing his latest proclamation, President Trump extends Gov. Abbott’s call for prayer, marking Sunday a day for all Americans to come together and support the victims of the storm.
“As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,’” President Trump read from his proclamation.
He continued, “Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort and resources to the ongoing response, recovery and rebuilding efforts. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.”
President Trump explained that declaring a national day of prayer is a tradition as old as America itself. “This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord,” President Trump noted.
However, the tradition of marking a day of prayer in response to tragedy has fallen out of favor in modern American politics. “It’s going to be a very special day.” President Trump said, before signing the document. “I don’t know when this was done last, but it’s been a long time.”