Donald Trump was a strange choice to become a favorite of Evangelical Christians. He has been divorced twice and has carried on a number of public affairs. Trump, however, became beloved by White Christians and they were an important voting block for him during the 2016 election.
While the religious group has supported the President through a number of scandals, it seems that he has now hit on something unforgivable for some Christians. Televangelist Pat Robertson has now claimed that if Trump pulls out of Syria, he will lose his “mandate to heaven.”
The host of the 700 Club was irate at Trump’s recent decision. He told his viewers, “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those democratic forces in northern Syria. That we are possibly going to allow the Turkish to come in against the Kurds.”
The televangelist also took issue with Trump’s cordial relationship with Tayyip Erdogan who he referred to as a “thug.”
Robertson then took the President to task for his inaction after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. He continued, “The president, who allowed Khashoggi to be cut in pieces without any repercussions whatsoever, is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks. The President of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen.”
The Syria decision has drawn heavy condemnation from conservatives including Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham. Trump has defended the move saying that he would take severe action against Turkey if they went over the line.
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