U.S. President Donald Trump declared National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Sunday, Trump attended St. John’s Episcopal Church along with the first lady Melania Trump. The church is across the Lafayette Square from White House.
In the official proclamation of the declaration of National Day of Prayer date on Friday, President said, “We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.”
President noted the great destruction in the coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana, due to the Hurricane Harvey that stumbles Texas about a week ago that made landfall as well. Hurricane Harvey has taken around 50 lives till now, the devastation still continues in the several areas of Texas and Louisiana.
On Saturday, during the visit to Texas the president directed the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the first responders, “Tomorrow’s a very big day, so go to your church and pray and enjoy the day.”
Melania Trump later tweeted about it. She described it as the “beautiful service,” she tweeted, “Beautiful service today at St. John’s. @potus and I wishing you many blessings on this National Day of Prayer.”
Beautiful service today at St. John’s. @potus and I wishing you many blessings on this National Day of Prayer.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) 3 September 2017
The visit of the St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday morning was not announced to the departure from White House. The President and first lady Melania Trump attended the “beautiful service” at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning, the service includes the Choral Holy Eucharist with the sermon.
Ex U.S. President Brack Obama had also attended the St. John’s Episcopal Church occasionally. Trump does not attend the church regularly. However, he is a self-described Presbyterian.