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First Look: Trump talks Israel on Mike Huckabee’s new TBN show

President Donald J. Trump participates in an interview with Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee of the Trinity Broadcast Network in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), America’s premier Christian television station, is not just for televangelists anymore. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will launch a new TBN talk show, “Huckabee,” which will air each Saturday at 8 pm Eastern.

The promotional materials for the show positions it as a show for heartland conservatives, who often feel they aren’t fairly represented by mainstream media outlets. It promises to showcase stories of that remind viewers of “what makes America so amazing.” As Huckabee says in a new promo video for the show, “There is a lot of America between New York and L.A., and sometimes we seem to forget that simple fact.”

The show’s first episode airs tomorrow evening, and its first guest is none other than President Donald Trump. In a one-minute clip from the segment, Governor Huckabee asks President Trump about his peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

“You mention the Middle East. Evangelicals are very interested in support for Israel. It’s something near and dear to your heart…. Ambassador Friedman indicated that the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem,” Huckabee remarks. “Do we have a time frame?”

President Trump mentions that he will not make a decision about the embassy until his larger peace plan is solidified. Trump’s peace plan, the president said, will be decided “in the not-too-distant future” and “everybody says it is not going to work.” But Trump asserts that the naysayers are wrong and is hopeful that peace is possible.

The clip is less than one-minute long and is only a first look into the longer interview. We can presume that Trump’s remarks on the show will not please his more progressive critics, but this early clip features at least one comment that most people can agree on: “the toughest deal of all is peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The full episode will air Saturday, October 7th at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal. Jonathan is author of "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined" and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Indeed…the toughest deal of all. Beats North Korea, China, and Russia, seven ways to Sunday.

  • Re: “The promotional materials for the show positions it as a show for heartland conservatives, who often feel they aren’t fairly represented by mainstream media outlets.” 

    Aw, the poor little things. Here’s a hanky for all the precious little snowflakes … 

  • First he tells us the embassy would be moved to Jerusalem. Then he said it’s a matter of when, not if. Now he says the move will be pushed off until he “solidifies” — not unveils, not discusses — his peace plan — not an iota of which has been made public or even broadly outlined. But don’t worry Liddle Donnie — you can tell as many lies as you want, there will still be those in the Jewish-American right who will think you’re their savior.

  • Supporting the zionist state of Israel is racist. God is not partial to race, gender or ancestry. Both Esau and Jacob had the same parents and ancestry. All Noah’s sons did likewise. We all came from one man, Adam. The promised ‘seed’ of Abraham was the Messiah who loved all mankind and gave his life so that we all could be reconciled to God and to each other. There was never any land called ‘Israel.’
    Originally it was Canaan, then Judea, Palestine then the zionist state of ’48. ‘Isreal is my firstborn SON.’ All those of faith are ‘Israel’ and supporting a racist nation who claims to be ‘chosen’ is antichrist.

  • Wow! Ma’am, I don’t know where you’re getting your information from. Israel is in the bible. God chose Israel to be the people that Christ, the Savior, would be saved from sin and death. Jesus is the reason why God chose Israel to be His chosen people. Where do you get your “facts” from?
    You stated that, “Supporting the zionist state of Israel is racist.” Antichrist??? God has a special plan for Israel in the end; yet, you state that supporting Israel is racist! Israel will go through some battles…and nations will try to destroy them. Israel’s enemies will be defeated, and The Messiah will gather all of the Jews together in order to restore Israel. If Israel is NOT to be supported, then why hasn’t the U.S broken its ties with them? American forces are being stationed there. So, it doesn’t look like we’re not going to leave this “racist nation” alone no time soon. GLORY TO GOD!!

  • ‘Israel is my firstborn SON.’

    Ask God for wisdom and understanding. The land was never called by that name. To claim land in Judea one had to produce written proof of his ancestry which was stored in the temple. Good ole King Herod, Esau’s descendant, ‘cast off Jacob’s yoke’ in the first century and burned all the records at God’s direction! We have a new and better covenant that has nothing whatsoever to do with ancestry. There was never any ethnic ‘Jew.’ One became a ‘Jew’ by observing the laws of Moses and circumcision. The Edomites, Esau’s descendants were ‘Jews.’ Like I once was indoctrinated by erroneous doctrines by religion, so are you, Dear. Obey Jesus, Matt 23:8-10, and call no one by a title of spiritual authority over you as you have a TEACHER if you have been reconciled to your father.

    ‘My kingdom does not come with your observance; it is WITHIN YOU.’ LK 17:2-24

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