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Trump sticks to script at National Prayer Breakfast

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' 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. 
 
 
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Rep. Gutiérrez: 'Complete betrayal' if Pelosi backs budget caps deal without DACA Senate leaders say they're zeroing in on two-year budget deal 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.