Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a 40th anniversary event for Focus on the Family, a global Christian ministry, and declared that President Donald Trump was an "unwavering ally" on June 23 (video below).
While speaking to the evangelical group in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pence referred to the president as a "leader," "believer" and a "tireless defender of the values that will make America great again," according to Right Wing Watch.
Pence added: "I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump."
The vice president reportedly told the Christian audience that Trump would defend "those who are persecuted for their faith, no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess."
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Immigration agents arrested a large number of Iraqi Christians who could be deported back to Iraq, according to a June 12 report in The Detroit News.
Martin Manna, president of the Chaldean Community Foundation, told the newspaper that more than 100 local Iraqi Christians had been arrested.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls said: "As a result of recent negotiations between the U.S. and Iraq, Iraq has recently agreed to accept a number of Iraqi nationals subject to orders of removal."
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Back in Colorado, Pence told the conservative Christians that "President Trump has stood without apology for the most vulnerable in our society, the aged, the disabled, the infirm and the unborn," notes Right Wing Watch.
The GOP Senate health care plan includes deep cuts to Medicaid, which covers disabled and low-income Americans, The New York Times notes. The plan also cuts Obamacare requirements like maternity coverage and prescription medication.
The Association of American Medical Colleges stated its opposition to the plan in a press release on June 22:
We are extremely disappointed by the Senate bill released today. Despite promises to the contrary, it will leave millions of people without health coverage, and others with only bare bones plans that will be insufficient to properly address their needs.
As the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals see every day, people without sufficient coverage often delay getting the care they need. This can turn a manageable condition into a life-threatening and expensive emergency.
Pence told the Christian audience that "the time is now" to support changes in health care, and noted that the GOP Senate plan opposes abortion, notes The Associated Press.
Later in his speech, Pence said: "And this summer, when we repeal and replace Obamacare, we’re going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all," Right Wing Watch reports.
The promised repeal of Obamacare, which would affect millions of people, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood brought a large applause from the Focus on the Family audience.
Sources: AP via U.S. News and World Report, Right Wing Watch, The Detroit News, The New York Times, Association of American Medical Colleges / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2), David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons,