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Sarah Sanders: God wanted Trump to become president

POLITICO logo POLITICO 1/30/2019 By Rebecca Morin
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump's presidency was part of a higher calling.

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president," Sanders said during an interview with Christian Broadcast Network News. "And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about."

The president has long touted his Christian faith, and his presidency was overwhelmingly supported by white evangelical voters.

Throughout his tenure, Trump and his administration have pursued a number of key issues backed by evangelicals, such as restricting abortion rights, eliminating a birth control mandate and expanding school choice and voucher programs that would likely benefit private religious schools.

Most recently, Trump in a tweet endorsed a controversial campaign to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools.

His support with those voters hasn't faltered despite several gaffes, such as when he mispronounced “Second Corinthians" during the 2016 campaign. The president was also criticized for not saying the Apostle's Creed or singing some of the hymns during George H.W. Bush's funeral in December.

Trump's multiple divorces and alleged affairs have also not significantly affected the president's popularity with white evangelical voters.

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