Donald Trump has revealed people close to him believe God put him in the Oval Office.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump was asked if he agrees with Sarah Sanders, Mike Pompeo, and others who say God put him in the White House.
Donald Trump said it was his ‘hope’ that God had a hand in his presidencyCredit: Christian Broadcast interview/Mediaite
“Ben Carson said to me, ‘you know, you’re gonna win [the 2016 election],'” Trump told host David Brody.
“I said, Ben, I’m running against you. What are you telling me? He said ‘you’re going to win because God put you here for this occasion’. I said, what a lovely thing to say.”
When asked if he agreed that God helped him become president, Trump said he hoped it was true.
Ben Carson told Trump his presidency was God’s willCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump divided Christians this month when he posed with a bible amid protestsCredit: AP:Associated Press
“I hope it’s true. All I’m going to do is, I’m going to do my best. And part of what I’m doing my best one is for the religious community beyond evangelical, evangelicals a very big part is very important to me.”
Trump’s former Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last November that President Trump is “here at this chosen time because God ordained it.”
As well as Carson and Perry, high-profile evangelist Franklin Graham has publicly stated he believes Trump was put on earth to be president.
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A Pew Research poll published in March claimed 27% of American adults believe Trump’s election reflects God’s will because the 2016 outcome must be part of God’s plan.
Five percent of respondents said they believed God approved of Trump’s policies.
Christians were divided this month when Trump posed holding a bible at St. John’s Episcopal Church opposite the White House, with Black Lives Matter protesters cleared with pepper spray for the President’s photo op.
Gini Gerbasi, a rector at St. John’s Church, called it “a cheap political stunt”.