President Trump now considers himself a non-denominational Christian after growing up in and being confirmed in the Presbyterian church.
The revelation came from a written interview that the president did as a Q&A with Religion News Service. The president also talked about how contracting the coronavirus and being prayed for by people all around the world impacted his faith.
Asked what he learned by contracting COVID, the president said, “It was amazing to see so many great Americans who reached out and said they were praying for me and my family. This country is full of wonderful people with strong faith in God.”
“When I was at Walter Reed, I said, ‘There were miracles coming down from heaven.’ I meant it – Melania and I are very thankful to God for looking out for our family and returning us to good health,” President Trump noted.
Discussing what he has learned from other Americans of faith, the president gave a shout out to Vice President Mike Pence, his Faith Advisor Paula White and Franklin Graham as people who “truly love our country and love God.” He said that earlier in October, Graham and other people of faith prayed for him in the Oval Office “as they often do.”
Then asked about whether he considers himself an evangelical Christian, the president answered in this way:
“Though I was confirmed at a Presbyterian church as a child, I now consider myself to be a non-denominational Christian. Melania and I have gotten to visit some amazing churches and meet with great faith leaders from around the world.
“During the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, I tuned into several virtual church services and know that millions of Americans did the same. Thankfully, many great churches are now back open and meeting in person.”
In 2016, evangelical Christians showed up en masse to support President Trump by an overwhelming margin of 81-16 compared with Hillary Clinton, according to Pew Research.
Additionally, President Trump won the Catholic vote 52-45 over Clinton. Historically, other than the anomalous 2000 election where Al Gore won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the Electoral College, whoever the majority of Catholic voters supported has won the race for the White House.
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