President Donald Trump said he would continue to support issues vital to the Catholic Church, especially abortion, religious freedom and school choice, in a conference call with Catholic leaders and educators.
He also said he would seek federal financial support for Catholic schools as they confront the coronavirus pandemic.
Many schools across the country have sustained severe financial stresses since the pandemic emerged in the US in February, according to the National Catholic Educational Association.
Crux, an online Catholic news organisation, reported on the 26th April call after obtaining a recording of the event.
Trump described himself as the “best (president) in the history of the Catholic Church” to the 600 Catholic leaders and educators, according to the report.
Throughout the call, Trump repeatedly returned to his support of efforts to stop abortion and school choice while saying that a Democratic presidency could lead to an opposition in the government to those Catholic concerns.
Picture: President Donald Trump is seen during the daily coronavirus outbreak task force briefing at the White House in Washington on 24th April 2020. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters).