Donald Trump to appear Friday at Values Voter Summit

Updated 2:48 PM EDT, Wed September 23, 2015
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Donald Trump will speak Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington

Trump has increasingly courted evangelical Christian voters to back his GOP presidential campaign

(CNN) —  

Donald Trump will join seven other GOP presidential candidates and Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit this weekend in Washington.

The real estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner is set to address the conservative Christian crowd at 11:40 a.m. ET Friday before jetting off to Oklahoma City for another campaign stop.

Also on deck at the summit Friday are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Scheduled to appear Saturday are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Trump has been courting evangelical Christians to rally support for his presidential bid, but has raised eyebrows by declining to quote his favorite Bible verse and said he’d never asked God for forgiveness.

And in an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network’s “The Brody File” at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the Republican presidential front-runner called God “the ultimate.”

RELATED: Donald Trump: ‘God is the ultimate’

“Well I say, God is the ultimate. You know you look at this?” Trump said, motioning toward an oceanfront golf course that bears his name. “Here we are on the Pacific Ocean. How did I ever own this? I bought it 15 years ago. I made one of the great deals they say ever. I have no more mortgage on it as I will certify and represent to you. And I was able to buy this and make a great deal,” Trump said.

“That’s what I want to do for the country. Make great deals. We have to, we have to bring it back, but God is the ultimate. I mean God created this, and here’s the Pacific Ocean right behind us. So nobody, no thing, no there’s nothing like God,” he added.