By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Trump’s tweet came shortly after he announced transgender people would not be permitted to serve in the military.

United States President Donald J. Trump, in his own inimitable way declared in social media Americans worship God, not the U.S. Government . He tweeted the message in the midst of an important policy change in the military. The president is also engaged in pressuring Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General to follow his orders.

Trump's tweet was characteristically blunt, the capitalized words implying that the president was shouting while saying the message. He said American society’s foundations are family and faith. He denied government and bureaucracy make up the foundation of society in the United States.

The President of the United States linked his tweet to an Instagram video on his official account. The video is a clip from Trump's July 25 rally in Ohio.


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At an event on July 1 Trump echoed the same statement, “And above all else we know this: In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.” The event, the Celebrate Freedom concert held at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., was hosted by Pastor Robert Jeffress and his church, Dallas-based First Baptist. It was held to honor the many women and men who have at one time served in U.S. military. President Trump spoke about religious freedom in the United States. He said Americans love their country, their families, their freedom and also the Almighty. The president mentioned religious freedom’s roots in the US. He claimed only God can give a person the freedom he or she wants. President Trump claimed, “Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that Liberty comes from our Creator.”

In the Instagram video, he said he will repeat what he promised on the presidential campaign trail, in the United States, only God must be worshipped, not the U.S. Government. The presidential tweet came a few hours after he made the announcement to ban transgender people from serving in any capacity in the U.S. Army. As a rationale for this decision, he cited advice from U.S. military generals. Trump alleged that medical expenses are also a major factor for disallowing transgenders from military duties. The announcement attracted cheers from a few faith-centric groups. However, there was criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as from former defense secretaries.


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