The conference call was arranged by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
“When I told the president I was going to be speaking to all of you, [he was] in the midst of an extraordinarily busy day. [But] he looked at me and said, ‘I have to find time. I need to find time.’”
“The prayers of the people on this call mean [everything] to him…,” Pence added.
Perkins said Trump began by saying that the coronavirus “came upon us so suddenly. And we were doing better than we’ve ever done before as a country in terms of the economy — and then, all of the sudden, we got hit with this. So we had to close it down. We’re actually paying a big price to close it down. Never happened before.”
But Trump remained optimistic.
“I think we’re going to come back stronger than ever before,” he said.
Trump told the pastors:
“I want to thank you for praying for our country and for those who are sick. You do such an incredible job. You’re very inspirational people. And I’m with you all the way,” he said.
“You know that you see what we’ve done for right to life and all of the things that we’ve been working so hard together,” the President added.
“I’ve been working with many of the people on the call. Many, many of the people. We’ve had tremendous support. But we are going to get over this.”
When Trump was asked by Perkins what Americans should pray for, Trump responded:
“The health of the country; the strength of our country. We were doing something amazing, and then one day, it just ended.” “So that would be it,” he added.
After Perkins finished praying for the president, Trump said:
“You know, you mentioned the word ‘stamina.’ We do need stamina. So thank you very much.”