A new record shows that Donald Trump told a group of Christians that when Mike Pence asked him to pray with him during the first meeting, he said “I’m sorry.”
Pence, an evangelical Christian, asked Trump, and then the Republican presidential candidate, if he wanted to pray, according to a videotape of meetings with Christian leaders obtained by Trump and the Atlantic Treaty.
“I met for the first time [Mike Pence], He said: “Will you bow your head in prayer?” I said: “Excuse me?” I am not used to it,” Trump said at a meeting during the first presidential campaign in September 2016.
Trump has been calling for Christian rights this campaign year, warning supporters at rallies that Biden will burn their churches and accusing Democratic candidates of opposing religious beliefs.
Donald Trump told a group of Christians that when Mike Pence asked him to pray with him at the first meeting, he said “I’m sorry”
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and faith leaders pray in the Oval Office on the National Day Prayer in September
The president also urged the church to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
He also touted the religious background of the Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, and warned Democrats not to follow her beliefs.
When announcing Barrett as his nominee on Saturday, Trump said: “Regarding the religious situation with Amy, I think we settled after John F. Kennedy was elected 60 years ago.” “The serious thing is. , They are hunting her Catholic.”
He then accused the Democrats of “basically fighting against the main religion of our country.”
But the “Atlantic” investigation has found another side of the president.
In a recording of a meeting of the President in 2016, the President met with leaders of religious rights-including radio host Eric Metaxas, and Robert Jeffreys, pastor of the giant Dallas church. Jeffress) and the theologian Wayne Grudem (Wayne Grudem)-Trump admitted that he is not familiar with the Bible.
He said, I don’t understand the Bible like others.
He boasted of his nickname for the Republican Senator Ben Sass of Nebraska.
Trump said: “I call him Bensace Jr.” Sorry, I have to do this. That is when my religion abandons me forever.
A White House spokesperson told the magazine, “People of faith know that President Trump is a champion of religious freedom and the sacred life, and he has taken strong actions to support them and protect their freedom of worship. The president also joked. Known for his excellent sense of humor, he shares this sense of humor with people of all faiths.”
Campaign advisers said Trump expressed awe of the followers that large churches could attract and called the pastors of these churches “liars.”
Some people close to him said they didn’t know he was pious.
Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization executive, said: “I always thought he was an atheist.”
Then there are Republican candidate Donald Trump and his campaign partners Mike Pence, Karen Pence, his then personal lawyer Michael Cohen, then campaign adviser Omarosa Manigut, and boxing promoter Don ·King prayed during a campaign event held at the New Spirit Revival Center Church in Cleveland Heights in September 2016
Faith leaders pray for President Donald Trump at the “Trump Evangelicals” in Miami in January 2020
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend Christmas Eve service at Washington National Cathedral on December 24, 2018
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and daughter Tiffany Trump arrive at the Bethesda Marina Anglican Church in Palm Beach, Florida, in May 2020 for Easter services
Trump publicly mocked the beliefs of his rivals. In addition to accusing Biden, a devout Catholic, of not liking the Bible, he also mocked Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic faith for mocking two articles.
He said at the National Prayer Breakfast in February that he doesn’t like “people who say I pray for you, but they know that’s not the case. So many people have been injured and we can’t let this continue.
Pelosi has repeatedly expressed his prayers for the president. During Trump’s speech at that event, she sat at the head table and shook her head at some point in the speech.
The president also admitted that since the impeachment trial has ended, he had trouble liking political enemies that day.
“We thank the people in this room for showing people a lovely religious performance. This is not a religion, but many religions. They are brave and talented. They are fighters. They like people and sometimes hate people. Sorry. I apologize. I am trying to learn. not easy. This is not easy. When they impeach you for nothing and you should like them, folks, it’s not easy. I will try my best,” he said.
Trump is a frequent visitor at Christmas and Easter, attending the service with his wife Melania Trump.
Because of the president’s hatred of the gospel “Christianity,” the first couple changed their church practices on Christmas Eve last December.
The Trumps attended the Lower Town House Church in West Palm Beach and spent their holidays in the Baptist Church.
In the past few years, when the Trumps spent Christmas and Easter holidays at the White House in winter, they participated in services at the Bethesda Seaside in the Episcopal Church near Lake Malague. This is also the church where they got married.
Donald and Melania Trump attended the house church on Christmas Eve last year-different from the church they usually attend
The President sits in the third row of the Baptist Church on Christmas Eve
The house church is a Baptist church and shares the same beliefs as the pastor Jerry Falwell, who visited Trump in Mar-a-Lago on holiday weekends.
After a dispute with the publisher of the famous evangelical Christian magazine founded by legendary pastor Billy Graham, the president embraced Falwell.
The President said that “Christian Today”, which was founded in 1956, has become a “ultra-left” journal. The top editor of the magazine wrote in an editorial that the president should be removed because he “played down moral values.”
Falwell defended Trump in the dispute.
The pastor made a speech on the president’s favorite morning show “Fox and Friends” and said that he found the magazine’s statements “hypocrisy”, adding that it showed that “an elite status was established among religious groups.”
Fwell said: “I think this is hypocritical.” “I think the irony is that today’s “Christian” is a magazine that has been forgotten by people in the past. It took the opportunity to point it out a week before Christmas. The difference between true Christianity and fascist or judgmental Christianity, and reminds us that there is an elite status in the religious world, just like liberals in government, which are left wing. This is a group, they think they are more ethical and smarter than the rest of us.
Falwell later had his own scandal and was revealed to be the president of Liberty University. Earlier news showed that he and his wife had a year-long sexual relationship with a man they met in 2012.