Tuesday on Fox News Channel, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump held the Bible up during his visit to St. John’s Church on Monday as a “symbol” that worship will not be deterred by arson.
FNC anchor Harris Faulkner asked about Episcopalian Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde criticism of Trump’s visit, Conway said, “How ironic, because just moments ago in the Oval Office, I was there, and the president, with the first lady and the vice president on either side of him, signed an executive order furthering his policies with respect to religious liberty here in this great country and worldwide. That follows, Harris, on the president addressing the United Nations General Assembly last September on the matter of religious liberty, saying please stop persecuting people based on their faith, that we will not support nations that do so. This is a continuum by this president. Ten short days ago, eleven days ago, he said, reopen our places of worship, we need more prayer not less, stop treating them like they’re not essential. Stop discriminating against these places of worship.