President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to announce March 15 as a “National Day of Prayer”. This comes after the president, during a press conference Friday, declared a national emergency to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic after more than 1,700 cases were confirmed in the United States.
On Saturday, Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, brought up the “National Day of Prayer”, during the news conference, as the White House coronavirus task force gave an update on COVID-19.
“It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these,” the president tweeted.
“No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!” Trump expressed.
Dr. Ben Carson told reporters on Saturday during the news conference, “President Trump is going to be recommending a ‘National Day of Prayer’. And you know, we’ve gotten away from prayer and faith a lot in this country.”
“There’s nothing wrong with Godly principles, no matter what your faith is,” Dr. Carson expressed. “Loving your neighbor, caring about the people around you, developing God-given talents to the utmost, so you can become valuable to the people around you, and being values and principles that govern your life.” (Continued Below)
“Those are things that make America zoom to the top of the world in record time,” Dr. Carson added. “And those are things that will keep us safe too.”
Franklin Graham also responded to the president’s announcement and tweeted on Saturday: “President @realDonaldTrump reminded the entire country that throughout its history, the U.S. has looked to God for strength & protection in times like these & he’s called for a National Day of Prayer tomorrow, March 15. The President is right—we need to call on God.” (Video Below)
Dr. Ben Carson’s official remarks:
"I hope that we as a nation can use this as an opportunity to pull together for good."
Good reminder about what has made America great as a nation from Secretary Carson
Let's pray together on the National Day of Prayer, Sunday March 15th, declared by President Trump pic.twitter.com/Z35G1ijoVg
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 14, 2020
President Trump’s official tweets:
Franklin Graham’s official tweet:
President @realDonaldTrump reminded the entire country that throughout its history, the U.S. has looked to God for strength & protection in times like these & he’s called for a National Day of Prayer tomorrow, March 15. The President is right—we need to call on God.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) March 14, 2020