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Evangelical supporters meet with, pray for Trump

Ronnie Floyd, from left, Rodney Howard-Browne, Adonica Howard-Browne, Johnnie Moore, and Paula White stand behind President Trump as he talks with evangelical supporters in the Oval Office at the White House. Photo courtesy of Johnnie Moore

WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with evangelical supporters this week as news was breaking about the president’s son’s connections with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

The supporters, including some who had been on Trump’s evangelical advisory board during the campaign, attended a daylong meeting Monday (July 10) scheduled by the Office of Public Liaison at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House, said Johnnie Moore, who served as one of the campaign’s evangelical advisers.

The evangelicals did not know they would be meeting with the president ahead of time, he said. Nor did they discuss the unfolding Russian meddling story with him.

“At a certain point in the day we visited with the President and Vice President,” Moore told RNS in an email. “They just heard we were on the property and took time to say ‘hello.’”

Moore and other leaders took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on Tuesday to recount their latest visit with the president, noting that they prayed for him in the Oval Office and remain confident in his administration.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, who hosted a Fourth of July concert at the Kennedy Center that featured a speech by Trump and Jeffress’ First Baptist Dallas choir singing “Make America Great Again,” tweeted: “Ultimate selfie! Always an honor to visit with our great @POTUS! Forget #FakeNewsMedia. @realDonaldTrump is energized & determined to #MAGA!”

Polls have shown that 81 percent of white evangelicals supported Trump in the 2016 election.


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Asked if evangelical leaders are worried that people would consider their presence in the Oval Office an indication that they’re not concerned about the Russia-related controversies, Moore said: “Evangelicals consider it a responsibility and an honor to advise and pray for the administration.”

Evangelical supporters place hands on and pray with President Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo courtesy of Johnnie Moore

He said their prayers Monday and the meeting in general were “not at all” related to Russia.

“It was a normal meeting, like many other meetings we’ve had before,” he said.

At least one of the leaders in attendance later opined about connections between the Trump administration and Russia.

“Garbage,” tweeted Rodney Howard-Browne in response to a Washington Post tweet that said “White House thrust into chaos by revelations about meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer.”

Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., said the only mention of Russia he recalled during the meeting next door to the White House was “in a fashion dismissive of the mainline media.” He added: “I don’t think there was anybody in that room who has any remote suspicion that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

Moore, an author and advocate for persecuted Christians, said the daylong meeting with about 30 evangelicals touched on issues such as health care, taxes, religious liberty and judicial appointments.

“It was casual and informal. We just stopped in. There was no agenda,” Moore said of the evangelicals’ time with the president and vice president. “We left feeling like our country was in exceptional hands and so are our religious liberties, too.”


About the author

Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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  • “I don’t think there was anybody in that room who has any remote suspicion that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

    This, from the same racist, truth-hating, pathologically hypocritical RepubliChristians who ranted for eight straight years that Barak Obama was a fundamentalist Muslim/radical God-hating atheist Marxist who wanted to bring down America and kill white people.
    To call this bunch ‘morally bankrupt’ would be too kind. These are dangerous, power-crazed demagogues in love with their true lord and savior, the Orange One.

  • As a Christian, the only persecution I feel is from these so-called Christians that stand in contradiction to all the Jesus talked about.

  • If I was any of them, I think I would wear a lightning rod on top of my head because I’m pretty sure God is frowning on them fawning over this venal, crass, vulgar excuse for a human being.

  • All religions with their leaders and followers worship money and power above anything.these days.
    They put their faith into weapons and believe that violence used on others will deliver them.
    They claim that their God is on their side and condones their violence and desires.
    There are probably fewer than 1000 people on Earth that know anything about God.

  • ” THEY LET YOU DO IT, GRAB M BY THEIR PUCCY!!, OH JESUS! PLEASE O PLEASE LET THE BLOND JESUS FREAK ALLOW ME TO GRAB HER BY THE PUCCY!!.. AMEN! AMEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AMEN!”- trump

  • The good ole “Family Values” Christians have found their savior. How anyone could consider this POS in a favorable light is beyond me. Praise Jesus.

  • Everything about this Christian movement around Trump is troubling. Trump has always been a person with a low standard of ethics, poor morals, and principals that are substandard. Do they think because he is president that now he will change or my cuddling up to him he will appoint judges that will change the way America is governed?

  • Love the pics:
    First two show inbreeding. Trump loves them so much he won’t even get out of his chair. They look even creepier than he.
    Third one’s a hoot! “Everyone, after me, concentrate really, really hard and your prayers-uh will be channeled straight to God-uh…” Yikes!

    You can see how they operate, too. “Garbage,” tweeted
    Rodney Howard-Browne in response to a Washington Post tweet that said
    “White House thrust into chaos by revelations about meeting between
    Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer.” Ridiculous response but he’s a Head Cheese and his faithful blindly adopt whatever party line they’re given.

    Somewhat before the pussygate thing, Evangelicals dropped Trump like a sack of rocks. They were convinced by lots of absolutist pressure that Trump would make SCOTUS just like them if they put up with his immoral behavior, otherwise, they’d be nowhere to be seen in those pics.

    In the third pic, more likely they’re praying for forgiveness of themselves for making a deal with The Guy Downstairs. Ronnie, Roddy, Adonnie, Johnnie and Paulie, God helps those who help themselves!

  • Given that everything you have said of him is true…don’t you think he could use a little prayer?

  • Somehow a comment like “he hasn’t got a prayer” seems vaguely appropriate, just now. 

    Then again, given the fervent nature of the support the Groper has received from his raging fanbois, and their angry refusal to acknowledge even the remote possibility he or his minions might have done anything wrong, I expect he’ll remain in office, even if it’s proven — beyond any doubt — that Vlad “the Impaler” Putin is the Apricot Wonder’s puppetmaster. They support him, no matter what. As he himself once bragged, he could murder people in cold blood and in broad daylight, and they wouldn’t let go of their support for him. 

  • I don’t believe that God intervenes on anything that a person does. There is too much suffering in this world for me to believe any other way. I do believe we have an obligation to our fellow man, but Trump at this junction in his life is not ready for any of this. Only what he and is family can gain.

  • If God is unresponsive to the prayers of people who believe in His capacity to respond, then belief in Him becomes somewhat pointless. While not discounting your position that there is great suffering in the world, and that there always has been, does not, for me, give cause to surrender hope that God can move in the hearts of those who seek Him. I’m not a particular fan of the president, but I’d like to think he is capable of sincere and genuine reflection. If not now…perhaps someday.

  • Your beginning sentence touches on the problem that most people have when it comes to prayer.I’m sure there is as many people that say their prayers are answered as those who say they are not. I believe everything that comes your way in this lifetime or doesn’t come this way is because of the interactions of one another. Now this interaction should be always be one of thinking of the other person first and in most cases you will always benefit. If you continue to make God your answer to prayers will always leave you miffed. The Biblical God that we have been taught is not the God that I believe in. The God I believe in I can’t describe because I do not know, but I do know that it all has to do with one another. As for Trump he is once again all about who he is, as for changing I have not seen that.

  • Unfortunately, I doubt that that was what was in the hearts of those praying for him. While I cannot speak for God, perhaps ‘no answer’ is actually an answer. There are a lot of reasons why prayers are not answered.

  • He definitely should be praying. Trump is a liar, serial philanderer, con man who’s selling us out to the Russians. But I guess God will forgive. How nice for him.
    Is there any morality left?????

  • Catholics want to kiss the Pope’s ring. Judging from the looks on these guys’ faces, they want to kiss his a**. They are so counting on him to achieve their goals and he is enjoying their attention.

  • I don’t think their prayers did any good. God has far more important matters to ignore than Donald Trump.

  • This story made me sick to my stomach–I don’t know who’s worse–the orange idiot who’s conning them all or the evangelicals who think he’s religious (he’s not) and pulled this crap–it’s disgusting.

  • The prudent question is, why did Fundamentalist Christians vote for an atheist who has publicly, loudly, constantly scorned the teachings of Jesus? I would *LOVE* to understand why. Anyone got an idea on why they did that?

  • Their leaders told them that he is a “baby Christian” and/or that he is God’s instrument. The first circumstance is intended to explain his obvious unfamiliarity with his own religion, while the second is intended to render the unfamiliarity irrelevant to begin with. If God’s pulling the strings, the puppet’s beliefs don’t matter.

    The truth is that as long as he governs as a Republican and publicly sings the praises of conservative Christianity, they don’t care if he’s a true believer. They still get what they want because he needs their support.

  • Well, to be philosophical about it, some have argued that prayers not answered in the affirmative, are rather prayers answered in the negative. God knows what is best for us in any case, despite my regular frustration with Him.

  • I can feel the anointing right now with tears, Praise the Lord. I emailed Donald Trump as soon as he won.
    I told him ” You know the GOD of Heaven is with you, The very Creator of ALL THINGS, is with YOU ” Then I told him go right now, get alone somewhere and give your life to the LORD JESUS, I told him this because I did not know him, I did not know if he had ever did this?? AND I wanted to make sure OUR WONDERFUL SAVIOR touched him ” RIGHT THEN”. I was being anxious. I know God does’t need my help! I was so happy He had won! IT’S funny how the LORD shows me all these things about Trump and Vladimir Putin months before they happen. The Holy Spirit quickens truth to you as you hear hear it! The Lord has always LEAD me to the right places at the right time! Thank You Jesus.

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