In a Wednesday interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave her thoughts on the alleged divine calling of Donald Trump, saying that she thinks God wanted him to become president.
Speaking with CBN hosts David Brody and Jennifer Wishon this Wednesday, Sanders was asked for her “spiritual perspective” regarding Trump and his presidency.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders said. “And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
Sanders’ comments echo the rhetoric of pro-Trump evangelical leaders who characterize his presidency as somewhat of a Christian crusade, with some even saying Trump’s rise to the Oval Office was previously prophesied.
God wanted the United States to take in the fewest refugees on record during a historic displacement crisis? Ok, @PressSec.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 30, 2019
Trump’s support among evangelical leaders has been unwavering, even in the face of revelations about his numerous extra-marital affairs and sexual indiscretions. In an interview with The Washington Post early this month, evangelical leader and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. said that evangelicals who reject Trump may be bringing their morality into question.
“It may be immoral for them not to support him because he’s got African American employment to record highs, Hispanic employment to record highs,” Falwell said. “They need to look at what the president did for the poor. A lot of the people who criticized me, because they had a hard time stomaching supporting someone who owned casinos and strip clubs or whatever, a lot them have come around and said, ‘Yeah, you were right.’”
When the Post’s Joe Helm asked Falwell if it’s hypocritical for Christians to support a someone who’s “advocated violence and who has committed adultery and lies often,” Falwell replied that people shouldn’t choose presidents “based on their personal behavior.”
SARAH SANDERS: "I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think he wanted Donald Trump to become president and that's why he's there." (via Fox News) pic.twitter.com/BjEfRg3NhU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 31, 2019
In the CBN interview, Sanders was asked about the plight of Christians in Syria in light of Trump’s alleged plans to withdraw U.S. forces from the region.
“Look, the president’s made clear that we support Christians, that we support the Kurds,” Sanders said. “He’s made that clear to Turkey, he’s made that clear publicly on a number of fronts, and just one of the reasons that the president has been tough on Iran is to make sure that people don’t feel threatened.
“We’re still going to have a presence in the region but as much as we can continue to totally and completely destroy ISIS, the president wants our troops out of Syria and he wants to be able to bring more of them back home,” she added.
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