WATCH: Trump meets with survivors of religious persecution at White House

WATCH: Trump meets with survivors of religious persecution at White House


Well, good afternoon we’ll be leaving for North Carolina in a short while I think some of you will be outside Tremendous crowds in North Carolina tremendous crowds everywhere, but we have a very important group of people standing alongside of me I’m honored to welcome pastor Andrew Brunson and other survivors of religious persecution to the White House We’re grateful to be joined by ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback former governor as you know, as well as pastor Paula white a tremendous religious leader and a friend of the White House a friend of the presidency and a friend of the president with us today our Men and women of many different religious traditions from many different countries But what you have in common as each of you has suffered tremendously for your faith You’ve endured harassment threats attacks trials imprisonment and torture I got to know many of you and helped you get some get some of you out of The difficult situation that you are in I’m very proud of you and the way you’ve reacted to a different life is a tremendous thing Your families are very proud and our country is very proud. And your country is very proud for those of you that aren’t From the United States each of you has now become a witness to the importance of advancing religious liberty all around the world It’s about religious liberty last year my administration Hosted the world’s first-ever meeting of foreign ministers devoted solely to the subject of International Religious Freedom. I want to thank all of you for joining us as we host this meeting for the second year in a row a lot of Individual breakout meetings are being had and we’re getting a lot of ideas as to how we can help in America We’ve always understood that our rights come from God not from government In our bill of rights the first Liberty is religious liberty each of us has the right to follow The dictates of our conscience and the demands of our religious conviction We know that if people are not free Practice their faith then all of the freedoms are at risk and frankly freedom still mean very much That’s why Americans will never tire in our effort to defend and promote religious freedom I don’t think any president has taken it as seriously as me I took me it’s very important. It’s vital It’s really vital and I just want to thank everybody very much for being with us today You’ve been through a lot and I think I could say it for everyone here. You’ve been through a lot more than Most people could ever endure and I want to congratulate you because that’s what you need is congratulations It’s really an honor to be with you and I will stand side by side with you forever If I could ask ambassador Brownback to say a few words, please Thank you appreciate it, thank you and your administration for your leadership on this last year was the first this year is the largest Meeting ever held in the world on religious freedom just on this devoted this topic and with you here today we have a Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad who was taken by Isis and made into a Well horrible situation that she’s in but she’s been an outstanding advocate and then we have helped this government has in rebuilding Northern Iraq the Yazidi in the Christian area, of course, Andrew Brunson And I both neither of us would be here if it wasn’t for you And Andrew you busted out of a Turkish prison. This gentleman was at Christ Church In the shootings of the MAS that took place that was there and You have really people as well Meriam Ibrahim is here was in a Sudanese jail while she was pregnant had a death penalty for her but People advocated for around the world and she and her child are alive Today and that’s just a few today. That’s great Good everything Congratulations Reverend Samson was going to make a comment for the group. He’s from Burma He’s coach in Christian and they have suffered greatly there as well And we’ve worked a lot with them Reverend Samson. You want to tell briefly your story? Yes because I’m a President of Christian Baptist Convention from northern Burma and then as Christian in Myanmar. We are very being oppressed and tortured by the military government so and then we don’t have changed many for religious freedom and also as our ethnics armed groups fight against to the central military government, so please american government focused on ethnic People and every leader to get genuine democracy and federalism This is very important for your help and your support and then thank you very much for this sanction yesterday. Yes is very helpful. Yes Thank you. Appreciate it very much Thank you very much ambassador so which is more important you were the governor of a great state Very very top state in my opinion and you’re doing now something for religious liberty and freedom Which is tougher, which is more important to you. I think of all the jobs I’ve had I’ve been a congressman a senator or a governor This is the most important because it’s about billions of people these folks here represent the faiths of billions of people around the world and the United States is the The main country not the only and many other allies are coming along but we’re the main country to stand up and fight for their Religious freedom and we’re not picking a winner or loser We’re just saying look you’ve got governments have to protect this right and that’s why to me I this this job And what this administration is doing to protect it affects billions of people and I’m I think it’s incredible That’s incredible opportunity when you say other Countries are coming along and some aren’t coming along. I assume right some you’re not doing much Who are the good ones? I won’t talk about the bad ones kind of maybe the bad ones Oh, yeah, the British have been great They’ve been putting out some reports lately on the persecution of people of faith and they’ve stepped up more aggressively UAE United Arab Emirates hosted the first ever papal visit on the Arabian Peninsula The history of mankind it’s great and they’ve been they’ve been stepping up and doing Doing a lot a lot more so several the Europeans have been good. South Americans are starting to step up more So we need more you doing a great job. Thank you very much. Thank you Paula white could you say a few words? Suppose Yeah, she’s hauling on Dalai Lama we Come back in Tibet. My English is not good Thank you so much This opportunity together see a twin story. Thank you. Thank you very much Say hello, please say hello. Okay. Thank you very much. I appreciate it and your English is actually very Thank you My husband now and you still new prison Yeah, I knew the force of organ harvesting co-exist so we shall take Action just the words it can Doesn’t work. So how to how to do this section to the Communist Chinese communist regime and where is this? Now my husband in Jiangsu Jiangsu Province the Jiangsu and sudo Prison and you know 2018 last year year last year when our prisoners after three years in prison he Released home and it just one day he died and the people tightest He won’t mean a large amount of blood. You know, you are my leader Another another of animal protection area where he is still also in the social prison, so as you know, I know when young man from the North Korea come back to Us and Several days after he returned and he died and you know, you know the regime Was what what they do so what should we take the act Thank you very much thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you And I just have to say on behalf of you and your courageous leadership I’ve watched from day one. And even before you took this office, you’ll be a relentless fighter for people of all faiths and religious liberty We see it on stateside from you saying we can say Merry Christmas again to the DOJ passing laws that no other administration could pass to give High Holy Days to all religions to be able to take off of work and to honor that too as ambassador said this is the second but the largest in the world Gathering for religious liberty freedom you have taken a bold courageous stand that many governments have moved you have over 16 countries represented here. You have approximately 27 people But I was in the room yesterday with thousands and we had thousands that could not get in So we thank you president for being the leader The courageous leader to stand up not only in our nation But countries all around for all faiths of all people that we should have the practice and the right to practice our religion Thank you, sir Thousands of people they couldn’t get in Get a much bigger room I guess President, thank you for New Zealand. Thank you. Thank you for your leadership standing up for humanity standing for standing up for religious groups and they’re right in Thank you. Thank you for Supporting us in the 15 months tragedy in Christchurch and God bless you and God bless United States Thank you very much. And you went through a lot and all about what happened and that was a terrible situation Thank you very much a visit. Thank you very much appreciated Yes, please That’s true coming in extras. I would be very grateful if you were raised with him the issue for persecuted Christians in Pakistan And people who are suffering on this road, thank you something in the next week on Tuesday Bangladesh and here is the 37 million the Hindu Buddhist and Christian are disappear. Please help us Pradesh people. We want to stay in our Yeah, still there is 18 million minority people My request is please help us. We don’t want to leave our country. It’s a still first race day. I have lost my home They burned my phone they taken my land But no judgment yet taken place, please coach of the land. We took the home in the where? the fundament of the Muslim fundamentalist group and they’re always they are getting the political shelter always I know the president has to get on so I want to Has it landed the helicopter have we landed out there yet? No In China including my father he’s now serving life sentence I haven’t seen him since that Was that in China that’s been in West part of China there region in Chinese is coach in jail. Yeah, we call it order region So far, we had a woman how long has your father been down? He has been in jail for five years and we don’t know how long he will still be in there Do you have any communication with it? I haven’t heard about him since 2017 because that’s when the concentration camp started Anyone who goes to ask about anybody’s family members news will never make their way back to their own homes Stuff sir Good afternoon, mr. President I am a winger from a strategic camp. So most of the Ranga refugees are willing to go to Go back home absolutely as possible. So what what is a plan to help us? Is right next to Burma Okay, thank you appreciated yes, please listening I am a pastor Mario from Cuba a place in one pass or Hamas legally display a imprisoning Cuba Please pray for today and help people fight past all the same problem invite for this event in Cuba and no here because the government in Cuba no permission for a Today here. I am here because I am refugee the United States. Thank you for the hospitality for me. How’s it been in Cuba without? Castro there’s still a Castro there, but you have a new leader. How has that been any difference? she’s not real Castro continuing the power because Castro is the first secretary to the Party, the Communist Party and the new President is not really a Castro is the real leader continue From Boko harem Stuff stuff right. That’s a tough thing. Thank you. Thank you. One more guest first good Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. I’m in Lyon from North Korea First I didn’t really thank you and then my aunt I love math and family chewy Kimchi, kimchi hyung Joon sung shik all of them. They’re in political present camera, where in I don’t know Where is it a taste? They just took it at the time and Just because of my aunt father-in-law was a Christian and my cousins her family were executed because of your sharing cancer but even though even though the persecution of Kim jong-un the North Korean series They are trying to tear tear one transparent they want to worship in now and they are worshipping in underground Turkey right now and even though few weeks ago we Got a message from North Korean underground churches center center The photo of the world and they are three Optum Cather there and they were praying for the South Korea And so those kind of things are happening in North Korea uncovering the and understand exactly what you say. I’ll bring it up Thank you His prize winner I Cannot see my family there in the church When Isis attack us no one protect us after 2003 we start to disappear from our area from our homeland when Isis attacked us in 2014 they killed six of my brother. They killed my mom. They took me to captivity with my 11th sister-in-law with all my sister and my nieces Until today, we have three thousand years ad women and children in captivity though, though they said Isis it defeated but well you saw those three thousand year City and our Our home is is destroyed. We came to here we go to your we go to Arab country that Isis did this Everyone saw that and we appreciate a new eruption vice president He helped us a lot but now today you you can solve our problem now, there is no Isis, but we cannot go back because Kurdish government and the Iraqi Government, they are fighting each other who will control my area and we can know it go back if we cannot protect our dignity our our family and But we get a lot of support from president macron He pushed he put a lot of pressure in Iraqi and Kurdish and government to to help Minorities easily to stay in their home, but we still continue to emigrate to find a safe place to live I hope you can call or anything to Iraqi and Kurdish and government what Isis is good But if I know it’s Kurdish and Iraqi Government if I can not go to my home and live in a safe place And get my like my dignity back. This is not about Isis It’s about a min. My people cannot go back. We are not million of people we are only half million people and after 2014 about 95 is 95 thousand years ad they emigrated to Germany through a very dangerous way not because we want to be a refugees But but we cannot find a safe place to live all this happened to me They kept my mom my sixth brother. They left behind them now they kill them they are in the mass graves in Sinjar and I’m still fighting just to live in safe. Please do something and it’s not about one family It’s about about the whole community And you had the Nobel Prize Yeah, that’s incredible. They gave it to you for what reason we can explain for what reason for that After all this happened to me I didn’t give I can I make it clear to everyone that I see syrup Thousands of azd woman this one was first time the woman from Iraq she get out and Spoke about that happen – oh my laser You escaped escaped but I I don’t I don’t have my freedom yet because youth you Didn’t see any Isis in it called Isis are we don’t know if they killed everyday everyone if they are in jail, but we know we have three thousand SED women and children including my niece my nephew my Sister-in-law three years ago. She called us. She said I’m in Syria. And now we didn’t know anything about let me look We’ll look. Ok. Thank you Persecution and I had great super see and I’m busy with these people that I’m very sorry to realize that things have not changed That’s why we’re putting such an emphasis on it, mr President because they’re just there’s a lot of work to do in the world But we’re and we’re gonna obviously we’ve got a lot yet to do but we’re pushing the effort. We’re gonna be announcing additional Measures the Secretary of State is tomorrow He’s given a big speech the vice president’s giving a speech tomorrow about measures and we’re gonna keep leading this charge Well, thank you very much The world is a tough place So I have been for 32 months in method shipping container because of my face But the reason I’m here all our passers they are still in prison in everything include the patriotic Continues so that is my message and voice for the voiceless. Thank you very much Shipping container It’s gonna be in 1974 we were declared non-muslims America, we Luke realized economy lutely our houses and shops shops were looted quadriga Debug happy but chocolates go down into Ponte. I relocated compare. He helped me a bit Of income cut that took it over but who knew daddy was a Salesman and then I were I was in prison for five years For selling books by Artem Chaika portulaca. Hermana the Insull Sabatini talk about America. I’ve been released after three years somebody cool mentality therapy. We are peaceful Ah booyah muscle man, sat down looking externally apnea Pooh so I can call myself a Muslim in the United States of America But not in Pakistan. Well, mr. Dodd getting wiser. I’ll be punished to face with the traumatic Poor Amanda Marta. This will garner they take our data Meaning that the opportunity we have never retaliated and left everything to God God bless you and give you a long life You see the world is a tough place and we’re Making strides. We’ve made some very good strides. Andrew is a case in point Pastor Brunson wherever you may be here and So I appreciate it. How has everything been for you? That you’re fighting for me the most powerful person in the world fighting for someone who was not known at all Was an inspiration to many people gave hope to many people around the world and also many young Iranians. So, thank you My parents are pastors, they’re Christian pastors. They’ve been arrested all my family my father my mother my brother They are free on bail awaiting their trial and long sentences my father seven to ten years of prison My mother five years is still de Navarre my brother we would appreciate if you Mention, my family was a Christian persecution in Iran and all your negotiation with our what reason because they’re sisters preaching the gospel you I Will get any information. I will Vietnam. Yes No freedom religion I want to proceed on have victim have a Vietnam Vietnam have a freedom religion Vietnam Need to CBC I Thank you. Appreciate. I think I understand Akiva. Thank you Christina. Thank you Thank you very much I Know nothing about Thank you very much

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