At the Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump explained,
"The initiative will be led by a newly appointed White House adviser to the group and will be supported by various faith leaders from outside the federal government. The order also aims to ensure faith based organizations have 'equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.'
"We take this step because we know that in solving the many many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God," said Pres. Trump.
"First, the administration prioritized religious freedom in its recently released National Security Strategy, stating: 'The United States also remains committed to supporting and advancing religious freedom — America’s first freedom.'
"It adds: '[The United States] will advocate on behalf of religious freedom and threatened minorities. Religious minorities continue to be victims of violence. We will place a priority on protecting these groups and will continue working with regional partners to protect minority communities from attacks and to preserve their cultural heritage.”