Donald Trump debuts polished, more inclusive message in remarks to Christian group

Credit: Tamar Hallerman

Credit: Tamar Hallerman

WASHINGTON –Donald Trump on Friday vowed to protect religious freedom and family values in front of an enthusiastic crowd of Christian conservative voters here. But what was more noteworthy in his pitch to the religious right at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference was just how serene and on-script the presumptive Republican nominee was during his speech, which emphasized political unity.

Reading off a teleprompter, Trump reiterated his frequent calls to stop radical Islam and pause the admission of Syria

n refugees into the United States. But he also urged the crowd not to judge people by their skin tone.

“Freedom of any kind means no one should be judged by their race or their color, and the color of their skin should not be judged that way,” Trump said. “Right now we are a very divided nation. We’re going to bring our nation together.”

The billionaire's remarks came days after he drew rebukes from many Republicans for speaking out against the federal judge overseeing his Trump University case because of his Mexican heritage.

Trump on Friday also notably called on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to advocate for diverting funding from refugee programs to job programs for the inner-city poor.

“I am challenging Hillary Clinton today to replace her support for increased refugee admissions – we have to do it – for a new jobs program for our inner-cities," he said. "We have to take care of people that are here."

That, however, came after he slammed Clinton for her positions on guns, immigration and Wall Street regulation.