Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump seen praying during Oval Office meeting with evangelical leaders

Trump seen praying during Oval Office meeting with evangelical leaders

"Evangelicals, like Moore, believe deeply about praying for the President".

But if Trump presents himself as evangelicals' saving grace, the covenant can run both ways. It will be Trump's second interview with CBN since he became president. You can see Pastors Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne standing behind President Trump with Pastor Paula White-Cain to the right. To some, the timing seemed suspicious.

Trump is a self-described Presbyterian but does not attend church, though he has been embraced by many evangelicals.

"What kind of voodoo mojo are you [chucklf-ks] doing in the White House", tweeted John @scavenger101.

Monday's meeting wasn't listed on the president's public calendar.

The White House disputes tht interpretation.

"The idea that somebody would only pray when they're in crisis, I think, makes you miss the entire point of what prayer is about".

Land agrees. "That's a very cynical and negative connotation of what happened". Among the topics discussed were the Affordable Care Act, judicial nominations and religious freedom. He said he prayed for the president, asking for "supernatural wisdom, guidance and protection".

"Various ones of us have prayed with him many times and have been praying for him for a long time".

"I'd never been in the Oval Office and, obviously, it was unexpected", he said. "It's seen as the Beltway chasing its own tail".

President Donald Trump's approval rating is stuck near 40 percent and he can't afford to lose the support of his base, therefore he feels compelled to show respect to evangelical leaders, his most ardent backers.

Interestingly, CNN and other liberals did not mock former President Barack Obama when he prayed in the Oval Office or led prayer circles with Christian ministers. There is strong biblical precedent for the practice, too.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee said the prayer occurred at a Monday meeting between Trump and his faith advisers.

Land said Trump seems to enjoy the time he spends with evangelicals. According to reports by CNN, evangelical leader Johnnie Moore, who attended the event, shared the photo on Twitter that has since gone viral.

The evangelicals invited to these meetings sometimes laud Trump with an almighty allotment of praise.

A pretty unique moment unfolded at the White House on Tuesday as pastors were asked to pray over President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

Among the attendees were three Southern Baptist pastors: Jack Graham, Ronnie Floyd and Robert Jeffress.

But, as even Trump has acknowledged, his relationship with evangelicals remains somewhat transactional.

Evangelicals have been enthusiastically supporting the president in light of his promises to promote and defend religious liberty in the wake of reported government violations of religious freedoms in recent decades. Some evangelicals, in turn, have buffered him with a steady stream of adulation. "Very dedicated Christians", said Jeffress.

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