Politico: Evangelical Leaders Praise Trump for Andrew Brunson Release

Andrew Brunson prays for Trump (Mark Wilson / Getty)
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Evangelical leaders continue to be thrilled with President Donald Trump’s performance after he secured the release of pastor Andrew Brunson this weekend.

Politico notes, in an article titled “‘I love him so much I can hardly explain it’: Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor’s release”:

When a Turkish court released American Andrew Brunson after two years of confinement, it was a profound moment for Christian evangelicals, who had made the pastor a symbol of religious persecution worldwide.

In Brunson’s case and others, they had prayed for deliverance. And President Donald Trump, they said, delivered.

Again and again, evangelical activists say, the administration has made good on promises made to the faith voters who lifted Trump into office — a group he will sorely need to turn out again for his 2020 re-election bid.

Some of the administration’s actions that have impressed Christian groups have come as seismic pronouncements, such as formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Others, such as installing hundreds of conservative jurists on federal courts, have come more gradually but will have an impact for generations.

(Read the full article here.)

In a touching moment in the White House on Saturday, Brunson knelt and prayed for the president, asking that he be given the wisdom to lead the country and the strength to fulfill his plans for governing it. His wife, Norine, joined him in prayer.

While evangelical leaders may not approve of President Trump’s past personal conduct, they are more than satisfied with his track record of delivering on his promises to religious voters.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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