President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Values Voter Summit being held this weekend in Washington, D.C. by the anti-LGBTI Family Research Council.
This marks the first time a sitting president has appeared at the annual conservative conference.
However, Trump has spoken there three times before, including last year when he was the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump will speak on Friday morning during opening ceremonies of the three-day conference being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the Adams Morgan section of U.S. capital.
‘Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,’ Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in a statement.
‘Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment’
Perkins praised Trump’s actions since taking office, especially the recent ‘religious freedom’ guidance the Department of Justice issued. Those guidelines likely will make anti-LGBTI discrimination easier under the guise of religious freedom.
A number of other well-known conservatives will also be speaking at the Values Voter Summit.
Among them are former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, and former National Security Advisor Sebastian Gorka.
Another speaker is House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (Republican from Louisiana), whose life was saved by a lesbian police officer following a shooting on a baseball field in June.
Also scheduled is Representative Vicky Hartzler (a Republican from Missouri), who sought to prevent the military from covering medical expenses of transgender soldiers.
Additionally, Roy Moore of Alabama, who is running for U.S. Senate, will be speaking. Moore was previously on the Alabama Supreme Court, but was removed from office after instructing state employees to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Duck Dynasty reality stars Phil Robertson and his son Alan Robertson are also scheduled. Phil Robertson has said he wants to ‘rid the Earth’ of ‘wicked gays.’
Other speakers scheduled include actor Kevin Sorbo, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, radio host Bill Bennett, author Laura Ingraham, and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann.