PolitiFact - Trump claims he got rid of the Johnson Amendment. Is that true? - 2017-07-18

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F0.png PolitiFact - Trump claims he got rid of the Johnson Amendment. Is that true? July 18, 2017, Miriam Valverde , PolitiFact

Responding to compliments about his election victory and support from evangelical voters, President Donald Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network's founder Pat Robertson that he had signed an order to empower religious leaders to speak up politically.

"We've really helped because I've gotten rid of the Johnson Amendment, now we are going to go try to get rid of it permanently in Congress, but I signed an executive order so that now people like you that I want to hear from, ministers and and preachers and rabbis and whoever it may be, they can speak," Trump said in a July 12 interview with Robertson. "You know, you couldn't speak politically before; now you can. And I want to hear from you and others that we like."

During the campaign Trump accurately said that an amendment pushed by Lyndon B. Johnson threatened religious institutions with the loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocated their political views. Trump then said he would repeal that language.

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{{cite news | first = Miriam Valverde | title = PolitiFact - Trump claims he got rid of the Johnson Amendment. Is that true? | url = https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2017/jul/18/donald-trump/trump-claims-he-got-rid-johnson-amendment-true/ | work = PolitiFact | date = July 18, 2017 | accessdate = September 18, 2020 }}