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Trump sticks to script at National Prayer Breakfast

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Pruitt spent K flying aides to Australia to prep for later-canceled visit: report Rosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report MORE did not stray from his prepared remarks while addressing the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, touting the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but not mentioning the budget battle consuming Congress or staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation from the White House.
 
“America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer," Trump said at the breakfast. 
 
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"Together as Americans, we are a tireless force for justice and for peace," he said. "For years ISIS had brutally murdered Christians, Jews, religious minorities and countless Muslims. Today the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory held by these killers in Iraq and all throughout Syria."
  
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation on Wednesday after the aide's two former wives told the Daily Mail they had gone through physical and emotional abuse during their marriages to Porter. 
 
Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, who initially defended Porter, issued a statement saying he was shocked by the claims after photos surfaced of one of the women. 
 
"I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” Kelly said. 
 
Kelly also said he stood by his earlier comments and that he believed every person deserved a chance to defend themselves. Porter has denied the allegations, calling them "outrageous" and "simply false." 
 
The Senate is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would significantly increase spending and suspend the debt ceiling for a year. The deal is aimed at preventing another government shutdown. 
 
While the deal is expected to pass through the Senate, it faces obstacles in the House, where Democrats are demanding a promise from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker House, Senate GOP compete for cash Some doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP MORE (R-Wis.) to debate immigration legislation in the near future. 
 
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Pelosi pushes back against Steyer’s impeachment push FreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker MORE (D-Calif.) spoke for hours on the House floor on Wednesday on the need to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children who had previously been shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump is ending. 
 
The legislation also faces opposition from House Republicans who are opposed to spending increases.