"Each year this event reminds us that faith is central to American life, and to liberty", Trump told the 3000 or so attendees.
"We had tremendous success on The Apprentice and, when I ran for president, I had to leave the show", Trump told religious leaders and diplomats previous year, telling them the show's ratings "went right down the tubes" when Arnold Schwarzenegger was hired to replace him.
"She replied, 'If you're only going to talk about what I can't do, I don't want to hear about it".
Trump attended the prayer breakfast a few weeks after allegations broke that he had an affair with an adult film actress in 2006 and paid $130,000 to keep her quiet during the 2016 campaign.
The National Prayer Breakfast has been held every year since Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration by the Fellowship Foundation, a nonprofit group formed to support people "who come together in the spirit of Jesus Christ to serve others around the world in countless different ways".
Trump said the nations" founders "invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence", and that "our currency declares "In God We Trust'".
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"As long as we open our hearts to God's grace, America will be free, the land of the free, the home of the courageous and the light to all nations".
"Trump has taken these government-endorsed prayer breakfasts to a new low, demonstrating his ignorance and disdain for the growing diversity of faiths and philosophies found in the country he's supposed to be leading", Mr. Speckhardt said in a statement.
"And to my friend, and everybody's friend, Steve Scalise, we are so glad to have you with us today", the president said.
"In every city and town, we see God's grace all around us ... through acts of generosity and kindness", said the president, who just a year ago spoke more often about "American carnage" in inner cities among gang members and criminals.
President Donald Trump has offered a message of solidarity to people subjected to "oppression and religious persecution" around the world.
And although Trump rarely attends church himself, the emphasis on the role of God in his vision of America is something with which a growing number of citizens disagree. The majority of them were doctors, lawyers and business leaders.