Washington D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) appeared live on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” with Sandra Smith to discuss the theme of religious liberty in President Trump’s National Prayer Breakfast Speech and the need to move forward as a nation post impeachment. Key highlights are below. 

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On moving forward as a nation after impeachment: “It was a perfect platform for the President after this nightmare the nation has been through the last several months. And after yesterday’s acquittal, talking about healing for the nation, moving forward, the idea of forgiveness and redemption.  When he said God alone is the author of life and the giver of grace, I can’t think of a better time or platform after what this nation has been through for the last four months than the National Prayer Breakfast to try to bring the nation together.” 

On religious freedom: He had some great themes throughout the speech. Religious liberty was very important. On the Foreign Affairs Committee we deal with this issue all the time and pass legislation, respecting the rights of [those like] the Tibetans who are persecuted by the Chinese, the Uighur Muslims persecuted by the Chinese, the Christians persecuted in the Middle East and the Dalai Lama as well.  I thought the reference to [interim President] Guaido in Venezuela was very, very timely as well.”

On getting back to work for the American people: We need some civility in the Chamber and more civility in this nation. I’m hopeful with this acquittal behind us that we can now move forward to get good things done for the American people because that’s what I think most Americans  want. When I go home to talk to them, that is what they want.  They want us to work in a bipartisan way to get good things done for the nation.”