The Rushmore Report: The Next 100 Days Will Determine the Trump Legacy

Since the days of Harry Truman, presidents have been graded more by their first 100 days in office than their next 1,361 days – Donald Trump more than any other. But with the constant obstruction thrown up by Democrats and the president’s struggles to get firm footing, Trump’s first 100 days will pale in comparison to what is coming next. I am convinced that the next 100 days will determine the Trump legacy. Four key challenges, and the way the president responds to them, will set the trajectory for the 45th president.

1. North Korea

Presidents are largely judged by world events, over which they often have little influence. But make no mistake, North Korea – not Russia or Syria or Afghanistan – will mark the defining moment of the Trump legacy on the world stage. President Kim Jong-un will push this president as far as he can. Already, he has kidnapped Americans, returned one in a comatose state, and taken illegal steps to threaten Japan, South Korea, and the United States militarily. President Trump must know by now that he cannot count on help from China. North Korea will be his “Cuban Missile Crisis.” The strength of his response – and it must come quickly – will send a message to the world.

2. Tax Reform

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the man to make this happen. The U.S. continues to burden her companies with the highest corporate tax rate of any developed country. And it’s not even close. In Ryan’s tax speech Monday, he laid out his plans. For those who were able to stay awake and not drown in the detail, they seemed pleased. Certainly, the stock market has responded well, continuing to shatter unthinkable records previous administrations would have never dreamed we could reach. With the House set to bring this legislation forward in the next few months, this can be the crown jewel of the Trump presidency to date.

3. Repealing Obamacare

New Mexico just did what so many other states have already done. It became a one-carrier state, as insurance providers continue to pull their support of Obamacare. Insurance companies are coming to a universal conclusion – they cannot afford to stay in the current system. The Affordable Care Act is quickly dying under its own weight. But this may present the new president with his greatest challenge. The House barely passed their version of repeal & replace. Tomorrow, we get our first peek at the Senate’s version, and early reports make it clear that it will be nearly impossible for the Senate to craft a bill that is tolerable to both wings of the Republican caucus, represented by Cruz/Lee on one end and Collins/Murkowski on the other.

4. 2018 Budget

The Trump budget proposal received expected condemnation by Democrats. The fact that it had “Trump” written on it meant it had zero chance of support from the party of no. But the real challenge is getting the near-unanimous Republican support necessary to pass a conservative budget. The good news is that what will likely emerge from the Trump/Ryan compromise will be a plan that gets to a balanced budget, strengthens military spending, is pro-business, and is well-received by both Main Street and Wall Street. Again, one need look no further than the record Dow Jones Industrial Average to see how economists are judging what they see.

President Trump’s first 100 days were entertaining. In some respects, they were highly successful. In other ways, they were not. But by September 30 – 100 days from today – we will know a lot more about the Trump legacy. The trajectory he will find himself on in 100 days is the trajectory that will guide the next 3.5 years. And if he proves successful in these four areas, I predict his approval ratings will rise from 35-40 percent (pick your poll) to near 50 percent.

Will Donald Trump have a successful presidency? We’ll know in 100 days.

The Rushmore Report: What the Georgia Race Tells Us

Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, liberals have comforted themselves by saying it was all a mistake. They assume he is foolish, self-indulgent, and incompetent. Yet this consistently underestimated president just went four-for-four in special elections. If the elite media’s portrait of Donald Trump as an unpopular president was accurate, surely the Democrats could have won at least one seat.

But no, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Georgia – not once were the Democrats able to turn a GOP seat blue.

Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th District Tuesday night was the most visible, and the most unpredictable of them all. Democrats poured over $30 million into their chosen champion, Jon Ossoff.

But Ossoff was flawed. He didn’t live in the district. He raised virtually all of his money from Hollywood and other far-left radicals who lived outside the district. And instead of addressing these issues, he chose to blandly avoid them.

Meanwhile, Republicans rose to the challenge. Handel was their champion, and they went all out to win. I have a friend who lives in the district and visited every home in her neighborhood on Election Day to ensure not a single voter failed to turn out.

Ironically, the higher the turnout, the better the Republicans did. This of course repudiates everything Democrats have believed for  generations about turnout. However, it fits the pattern Trump set in the primaries and in key rural areas in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

Throughout the 2016 race, the elite media was consistently negative, but Trump’s use of social media ended up reaching a larger audience than the three major networks combined.

In Georgia, a similar situation occurred. The longer the race went on, the more vicious the left wing media became, the more Handel grew, and the more Ossoff shrank.

For the Left this race had been portrayed as a referendum on Trump. After Trump’s tweets and robocalls, there was a verdict.

Trump won.

It will be interesting to watch the elite media and left wing activists try to deal with losing four straight elections. It will be equally interesting to watch them try to comfort themselves while they attempt to explain away Karen Handel’s victory.

About the Author

Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. A Republican, he was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Follow him on Twitter @NewtGingrich. His latest book is Understanding Trump.

The Rushmore Report: What We Learned from the Sessions Hearing

Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He was grilled for about two and a half hours. In the process, he called criticisms of Russian collusion “detestable lies.” Democrats blasted Sessions for not divulging the details of his personal conversations with the President. Republicans defended his integrity. But what did we learn exactly?

Dr. Charles Krauthammer weighed in, saying that Sessions’ testimony “exposed the absurdity of the whole exercise.” He added that by Sessions stating for the record that he had no nefarious contact with the Russians, he continued the unraveling of Democrats’ case against Trump.

“This was supposed to be about Russia meddling in our election. Then it was supposed to be about collusion,” he said. “I’m open to empirical evidence.” Krauthammer added, “Trying to tag these allegations on Sessions is absurd.”

Still, Democratic Senators railed against the Attorney General for keeping his private conversations with the President private. Their hypocrisy is notable.

When President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice refused to even appear before Congress (May, 2017), none of them complained.

When President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to answer Congressional questions about the Clinton investigation, (July 12, 2016), she said it was “inappropriate for me to comment on the underlying facts of the investigation.” And she would later refuse to answer the question as to who had approved an amazing $1.7 billion cash transfer to Iran (July 12, 2016). Again, not a single Democrat complained.

So this is where we are . . .

1. Still, zero evidence of any of Trump’s team colluding with the Russians on the 2016 election has been produced, after seven months of investigation.

2. Still, Democrats are claiming the Trump team colluded with Russians on the 2016 election.

3. Still, Attorney General Sessions has now appeared before Congress every time he has been asked to do so.

4. Still, Attorney General Sessions would not break the tradition that has been practiced for generations – by not divulging private conversations he had with the President.

5. Still, Democrats Susan Rice and Loretta Lynch have refused to even appear before Congress or answer any pertinent questions – and this will go unnoticed by fellow Democrats in Congress.

The Rushmore Report: Ivanka Trump on Comey – ‘Father Vindicated’

Ivanka Trump said on Monday that her father felt “very vindicated” by the testimony last week of James B. Comey, the ousted FBI director, who, under oath, accused President Trump of firing him for his handling of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election. Ms. Trump, a senior adviser to the president, spoke out in an interview on Fox & Friends.

Her comments were the latest effort by a White House in crisis to discredit and play down the significance of the account Mr. Comey gave on Capitol Hill, in which he strongly suggested the president had tried to obstruct justice in imploring him to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser’s contacts with Moscow and requesting the FBI director’s personal loyalty.

Mr. Trump said in a news conference on Friday that Mr. Comey had lied about those conversations, and he asserted that Comey’s account proved that there had been no collusion between the campaign and Russia, nor any attempt to obstruct an investigation. Over the weekend, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to suggest that Mr. Comey’s move to work through a friend to share with a reporter the contents of contemporaneous memos he kept of his exchanges with the president might have been illegal, and he called the act “cowardly.”

Ms. Trump insisted that her father had come away from Mr. Comey’s testimony “incredibly optimistic” and eager to pivot to a discussion of domestic policy initiatives, including infrastructure rebuilding and vocational education, which the White House plans to emphasize this week.

“With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage and obviously what makes headlines, ultimately, we’re really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president,” Ms. Trump said.

She said she had been blindsided by the vitriol of Washington and was working to stay out of the fray.

“It is hard, and there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” Ms. Trump said. “I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this isn’t supposed to be easy. My father and this administration intend to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things.”

Ms. Trump sidestepped questions about whether her husband, Jared Kushner, who also serves as a senior adviser, has clashed internally with other senior members of Mr. Trump’s team.

“There is a 24-hour news cycle that gets fed by and is encouraged by lots of salacious details, but at the end of the day, we’re all focused on the work, and that’s very true for Jared,” Ivanka said. “He doesn’t get involved in all of that.”

Ms. Trump also heaped praise on her father’s first overseas trip last month, which included visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, the centers of three of the world’s major religions. Ms. Trump, who converted to Judaism to marry Mr. Kushner, mistakenly described Judaism as one of the world’s largest religions, leaving out Hinduism and Buddhism among others that count many more followers.

“To have covered the three largest world religions over the course of four days, it was deeply meaningful,” Ivanka said during the broadcast on Monday.

In a tweet during the visit to Israel last month, Ms. Trump also erroneously referred to the Western Wall in Jerusalem as “the holiest site of my faith.” The Temple Mount that lies just beyond the wall is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

About the Author

Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes for the Morning Briefing Newsletter.

The Rushmore Report: Bernie Sanders’ Shocking Attack on Christianity

Last week, in a Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Bernie Sanders accused Russell Vought of being unfit to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (an accountant’s position) because he actually believes the teachings of Christ. It was a shocking attack on religious freedom, and as expected, has drawn almost no criticism from fellow Socialists or Democrats.

At question was Vought’s stated belief that the Bible is true and the words of Jesus are inspired. In his defense, Sanders has said he was not attacking Christianity, just the “narrow view” that only followers of Jesus are not condemned.

In other words, it’s okay in Sanders’ world for a person to follow Christ, so long as he doesn’t adhere to his teachings. What Sanders apparently doesn’t understand is that his problem is not with Russell Vought, but with Jesus Christ. Let me explain.

Jesus said, “He who does not believe on the Son of God stands condemned already” (John 3:18).

Amazingly, at no point in his testimony before the Senate committee did Mr. Vought espouse his religious views. It was Bernie Sanders who brought that up.

Aside from the fact that the Constitution clearly states that a person’s personal religious views are neither qualifiers nor disqualifiers for serving in government positions, and aside from his bigoted attack on the tenets of Christianity, Sanders misses one pertinent point.

Nearly all religions teach their way is the only way.

To the Muslim, non-Muslims are considered infidels. Sen. Sanders, why have you not called on Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to step down over his narrow Muslim beliefs? Why have you not called on Senators Feinstein, Blumenthal, Schatz, Cardin, Franken, Schumer, and Wyden to step down, given their Jewish faith that considers only Jews to be God’s chosen people?

Here’s the point. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all teach different paths to God. Each believes it has the real truth. In that sense, each is equally “narrow.”

At no point in the Senate hearing did Mr. Vought say non-Christians stand condemned. He merely said, when asked, that he is a Christian. And he did not deny the Christ he follows, even for Mr. Sanders’ benefit. And that, in Sanders’ world, makes him unfit to serve as an accountant on the federal payroll.

It is interesting that Sanders has never criticized any of the aforementioned politicians for their adherence to Muslim or Jewish beliefs. It is interesting that every one of them is, like Sanders, a Democrat.

So what is Bernie Sanders’ real problem with Russell Vought serving as an accountant for the federal government? Is it that he is really against him because Vought is a Republican? Or does Bernie Sanders legitimately believe that a person who believes John 3:18, who will not brand Jesus a liar or false teacher (for his words of John 3:18 and elsewhere), is thereby unfit for public service?

Taking Sanders at his word, it appears Mr. Vought has committed a sin far greater than being a Republican. He is a Christian – who worse yet, actually believes and follows the teachings of Christ.

I freely admit a person can be a follower of Christ and a supporter of Bernie Sanders at the same time. I know several who are. But the Christian left has been completely silent in their criticism of Sanders’ attack on Christianity. In the face of Sanders’ finding that a person who actually believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ is unfit to serve, the Christian left has been compliant with their silence. From them we have heard no condemnation. No criticism. Nothing.

And that is the saddest part of this story.

The Rushmore Report: My Advice to President Trump

President Donald Trump has hit the 150-day mark of his administration. He has much to show for it – an acclaimed Supreme Court Justice, a record Dow Jones, a lower unemployment rate than was seen at any point of the Obama Administration. Still, many of his priorities are stalled – a budget and healthcare reform to just name two. So what does the president need to do to move the ball forward? What can he do to become truly successful? I offer a blueprint for success, proven to work by great presidents who preceded Mr. Trump. Mr. President, you should do seven things.

1. Stop tweeting.

Or at least, run your tweets past your communications team. Yes, your tweets connect you with the American people in an instant. But you have proven, Mr. President, that you cannot tweet without stepping on your own message. So far, you have been two presidents – the one who has taken decisive action to advance your agenda, and the one who tweets off-message on a daily basis. If you want your agenda to be heard, lose your Twitter account – now.

2. Put extreme vetting in place and move beyond the travel ban fiasco.

You said you wanted extreme vetting for a few designated countries. That made sense when you said it and it makes sense today. Unfortunately, your plan has been overturned by every court that has heard it. Now it is before the Supreme Court. But here’s the problem, Mr. President. You told us you needed 100 days to put procedures of extreme vetting in place. That was 150 days ago. Nothing has happened that kept you from doing this. If you had done in those 100 days what you said you needed 100 days to do, this would all go away. And every day extreme vetting and the travel ban are in the news is just another day your other initiatives will go nowhere.

3. Work with moderate Democrats.

Get to know Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He is the most right-leaning Democrat in the Senate. But he’s not alone. There are 12 Democratic senators from states you carried in 2016 who are up for re-election next year. Be their friend. Work with them. Many of them will support your budget ideas and much of your healthcare plan. After the last eight years, when President Obama did nothing to work with Republicans, any move toward unity you make will be magnified. And it makes for good politics.

4. Follow the Reagan blueprint.

In his article, Why Ronald Reagan’s Example Is Still Relevant for America Today, Ben T. Elliot reminds us that President Reagan did four things well. First, he united America. Second, he inspired America. Third, he emboldened America. And fourth, he protected America. What worked for President Reagan, Mr. Trump, will still work today.

5. Stay focused.

When you think of great presidents, you think of less, not more. Take Harry Truman, for example. One of the most unpopular presidents in American history – during his time in office – Truman did one thing really well. With laser focus, Truman was committed to ending – and winning – World War II. Similarly, Reagan won the Cold War, FDR ended the Depression, Lincoln reunified the nation, Jackson brought about major American expansion, and Wilson ended World War I and formed the League of Nations. Great presidents stay focused. They do a few things well.

6. Limit your personal attacks.

Mr. President, study Abe Lincoln on this one. He famously said, “The best way to beat your enemy is to make him your friend.” Following the heated election of 1860, Lincoln named his three top opponents to his cabinet. Consider JFK 100 years later. He named his bitter rival, Lyndon Johnson, as VP. Embrace your adversaries. If Ronald Reagan could work with Tip O’Neil and Bill Clinton could work with Newt Gingrich, you can work with Nancy Pelosi. Ok, that might be a stretch – but it’s worth the effort.

7. Own your administration’s mistakes and share your successes.

It’s a key principle of leadership. Own the mistake and share the credit. The classic example is that of President Reagan. He once followed the advice of Gen. Colin Powell, who served in his administration. That particular advice resulted in the loss of a dozen American soldiers. When asked why he took the action he took, the President glanced back at Gen. Powell, then said, “It was a horrible miscalculation, but it was my mistake alone. I take full responsibility for what happened.” Hearing the president own the blame, Powell turned to a man standing next to him and whispered, “I’ll die for that man,” pointing at Mr. Reagan.

Rarely have there been more trying times to be a president. And the Democrats and media certainly aren’t doing anything to help, Mr. Trump. But you still have the bully pulpit. You have nearly four more years to make a difference. And you have the power to make a wonderful, historic difference. So, with all the fake humility I can muster, Mr. President, I suggest my seven recommendations are right. Follow this blueprint and you will be successful.

More importantly, America will be successful. You can make America great again. But you need to hurry, because you have less time left in your presidency than ever. As Yogi Berra used to say, “It’s getting late early.”

You can do this, Mr. President. Ronald Reagan’s vision of America as the “shining city on a hill” can still come to fruition. America can be great again. But more than anyone else’s, it’s in your hands. We’re pulling for you.

The Rushmore Report: What to Expect from the Comey Hearing

Former FBI Director James Comey goes before Congress today. It is expected that he will be asked to provide specific details on whether or not President Trump pressured him to close the ongoing investigation into Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn. But what will Comey really say in the most watched Congressional hearings since the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings?

After Comey was fired, it was reported that he had penned at least one memo indicating that Trump had requested he shut down the investigation into Flynn, and prominent senators are looking to clarify some things. Trump’s supposed request that Comey give him a “pledge of loyalty” will also likely be on the table.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said, “I want to know what kind of pressure – appropriate, inappropriate – how many conversations he had with the president about this topic?”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) added, “The tone, the exact words that were spoken and the context are so important and that’s what we lack right now and we can only get that by talking to those directly involved.”

My guess is that Mr. Comey will intimate more than he actually says. He’s in a bit of a dilemma. If Comey says Trump put no pressure on him at all, he contradicts his reported memo and comments to other FBI personnel. But if he says Trump instructed him to pass on the Flynn investigation, he puts himself at legal risk, as this would have been a clear violation by the president – and as FBI Director, Comey would have had a responsibility to report it at the time, not several months later after he was fired.

Anything Comey says against the president after being fired, that he could have said before being fired, will sound like vindictive comments.

So here’s what you can expect.

1. Comey will say something, but not as much as either political side would like.

2. Comey will say Trump “suggested” he go easy on Flynn, stopping short of saying the president actually asked him to take action.

3. By tonight, Democrats will rush to the mics and scream: “We told you so! Comey has just confirmed everything we’ve been saying for months.”

4. By tonight, Republicans will rush to the mics and scream: “We told you so! Comey has just confirmed everything we’ve been saying for months.”

The Rushmore Report: President Trump’s Message to Catholics

On behalf of the President, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast last week, using his speech to sell the crowd of religious leaders and devotees on the spiritual bona fides of the new administration. Pence emphasized the need for religious freedom, both domestically and globally, and said the U.S. is dedicated to ensuring liberty for all faiths.

“America condemns the persecution of any faith, in any place, at any time,” Pence said. “And we will confront it with all our might.”

But the vice president spent a good part of his speech selling the crowd on Trump’s commitment to religious issues.

While Pence was raised Catholic, he converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1990s and has been unabashed in speaking out about faith-based issues. The vice president has worked closely on policies related to religious freedom and abortion during this early period of the administration.

This includes an executive order Trump signed last month that he said would promote religious liberties by shielding religious organizations who take political stands from tax consequences and by asking federal agencies to consider loosening requirements that employers cover contraception in their insurance plans.

Many religious leaders, particularly evangelical Christians, have said they feel the executive order does not go far enough, however. Pence touted the policy Tuesday as an example of Trump’s work on safeguarding religious liberty.

“I can assure you this president believes that no American should have to violate their conscience to fully participate in American life,” Pence said. “And he has not just talked about it, he has taken action to protect men and women of faith in the public square.”

As for the president, Trump had an audience with Pope Francis last month, which Pence described as a rich discussion of global issues. Observers said the pope, who has publicly criticized Trump’s plan to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, looked uncomfortable meeting the president.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said last year. Trump responded that the pontiff’s remarks were “disgraceful.”

Still, many of the Catholics attending last week’s prayer breakfast did not seem bothered by Trump’s comments or religious record.

About the Author

Andrew Bahl writes for Yahoo News.

The Rushmore Report: Who Is This U.S. Senator Who Is Shaking Things Up?

One of the problems with modern politics is the propensity of some people to look for the next “rock star” in the world of politics. It happens with both parties, but I am disappointed to say that it’s common in conservative circles. More often than not, the person in question is elevated not because of anything they’ve done but usually due to something they’ve said. But let’s talk about a new kind of senator – who is really shaking things up.

I always caution people about fully embracing a politician. Politicians are almost always going to disappoint you. That isn’t an attack on them personally. It’s just the nature of the game. It’s politics. It happens. It’s why I am never shocked when a politician does something they ordinarily would not do or appears to be a departure from something they’ve done for years.

There is a difference, however, between making political decisions at times and grandstanding for the sake of doing so. The real political leader is not afraid to call out members of their own party for engaging in behavior of that exhibited by somebody in the opposition party. Currently, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse fits the bill.

Sasse hasn’t shied away from being critical of President Donald Trump when necessary. Naturally, such an inclination earns him derision among the pro-Trump crowd but even the knee-jerk reactionary anti-Trump contingent lambasts Sasse because he’s not engaging in knee-jerk reactionary rhetoric. I had somebody tell me Sasse is “enabling” Trump by voting to confirm his cabinet nominees. That’s a silly criticism as Sasse’s decision to approve is based on his determination the candidate is fit for the role, not because Sasse doesn’t like Trump.

In a recent podcast, Sasse had some things to say about Trump and the GOP, the latter being eye-opening:

“There’s a risk in our media-driven, and particularly digital media-driven culture, TV-based, broadcast-based, and image-based culture of this digital moment,” Sasse says. “There is a danger that we create shorter and shorter attention spans, more and more unbridled passions, less and less self-control and self-restraint. I don’t think that our Founders would believe that America could long prosper if her people were not readers.”

I asked him how, in a word, he’d describe Trump. All he came up with: “current president.”

But Trump isn’t his only problem. Asked for one word to describe the Republican Party, he again came up with two: “question mark.” Asked what the GOP stands for, he says, “I don’t know.”

I give Sasse credit for being honest. In retrospect, with Donald Trump as president, it’s hard to explain to people what the GOP stands for these days. It’s easy enough to roll through the usual litany of reasons people are used to hearing and have heard for the last 35-40 years.

Talk is cheap. Sasse understands that. Hopefully, there will be more like him who will choose to lead instead of just go along for the sake of party politics.

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Jay Caruso writes for RedState.

The Rushmore Report: Trump Prayed for Wisdom at Western Wall during Jerusalem Visit

President Donald Trump prayed to have God’s wisdom as he touched the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, the first American president to make such a visit. “I visited the Western Wall and marveled at the monument to God’s presence and man’s perseverance – I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy place for wisdom from God,” he said in a speech at the Israel Museum.

Prior to going to the Western Wall, Trump visited one of Christianity’s most sacred sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which some believe is the place where Jesus was crucified. The trip to Jerusalem was the second stop on Trump’s first international trip as president.

His flight to the Jewish state was also historic in that he flew directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a flight pattern that never happens. In Saudi Arabia, he gave a speech to leaders of over 50 Muslim-majority countries, challenging them to drive terrorists out of their lands.

The speech struck some theological notes, particularly when he said that Muslim religious leaders must urge their followers to reject barbarism. “If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned,” he said.

The faith of the 45th president has been a subject of much speculation in American political life.

The thrice-married businessman originally from Queens spoke clumsily about religion during the election cycle, infamously joking about “Two Corinthians” and saying that he never asked God for forgiveness during the campaign. Yet the vast majority of white evangelical Christians, most of whom are staunch supporters of Israel, voted for him on Election Day and Trump has solicited the support and input of conservative evangelical leaders.

At the signing of an executive order protecting religious liberty earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence, who is known for his sincere faith, introduced Trump as a “believer” who “loves his family and loves his country with unshakable faith in God.”

His daughter, Ivanka Trump, has converted to orthodox Judaism. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is Jewish.

As The Christian Post reported May 5, CP Executive Editor and Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land, who dined at the White House with the president and his evangelical advisory board last month, said that the president is “comfortable around evangelicals; it’s obvious that he likes us and he’s fascinated by us. I don’t think he was around people like us much before he ran for president.”

Evangelist James Robison, president of LIFE Outreach International, told CP last November that several advisers were instructing Trump to avoid certain kinds of expressions of faith, especially excessive contrition for past sins, because it will be seen as manipulative and pandering.

About the Author

Brandon Showalter writes for The Christian Post.