President Donald Trump’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were characteristically off the cuff, and at one point – while praising remarks by Senate Chaplain Barry Black – he uttered the phrase, “The hell with it.”
Trump began his remarks with a bit of reflection and quickly segued into politics.
“Today we continue a tradition begun by President Eisenhower some 64 years ago,” he said. “This gathering is a testament to the power of faith and is one of the great customs of our nation and I hope to be here seven more times with you.”
After his reference at his hopes for a second term he moved into supportive words for Black’s remarks, leading to the mild epithet not usually heard in prayer gatherings.
“Thank you as well, to Senate Chaplain Barry Black for his moving words, and I don’t know, Chaplain, whether or not that’s an appointed position,” Trump said. “Is that an appointed position? I don’t even know if you’re Democrat or if you’re a Republican, but I’m appointing you for another year, the hell with it. And I think it’s not even my appointment, it’s the Senate’s appointment… But your job is very, very secure.”
Here’s a clip, via C-SPAN