In a recent interview with CBN, Mike Pompeo was asked about President Trump and his actions in the Middle East, specifically Israel.
In case you missed it, President Trump took another HUGE pro-Israel step this week in his surprise announcement that the U.S. would recognize Israeli sovereignty over the strategically-important Golan Heights region.
The announcement even caught Sec. of State Pompeo off guard.
Take a look:
So when the interviewer from CBN asked Pompeo about Trump's role and significance in the Middle East tensions, Pompeo answered that Trump may indeed be on a Mission from God.
Which, if you're anything like me, immediately brings to mind these two:
But on a serious note, Pompeo's response was pretty incredible.
I know this much....President Trump certainly seems like he has a Heavenly protection around him.
How many times have people claimed he was "finished" only to become even MORE popular?
How do you explain that?
If God has annointed him for this time and season and work, then certainly he would protect him, right?
As Pompeo says, "it's definitely possible."
Here's more, from the Daily Mail:
Pompeo made the comments to the Christian Broadcast Network in an interview from Jerusalem during his visit, which precedes Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington next week.
'I am confident that the Lord is at work here,' Pompeo told his the network.
During a lengthy discussion at the David Citadel Hotel overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, Pompeo was asked about the Jewish holiday of Purim, which falls on the day his comments were taped.
The biblical story tells of how Queen Esther through cunning saved the Jewish people from being wiped out.
Interviewer Chris Mitchell asked Pompeo, the nation's top diplomat, asked whether Trump was here to 'save the Jewish people,' and made brought up the story as a parallel.
'And you also mentioned a Bible story last night when you had your statements with the prime minister,' Mitchell said.
'Jews worldwide and here in Jerusalem are talking about the fact that Esther 2,500 years ago saved the Jewish people with God's help from Haman. And now 2,500 years later there's a new Haman here in the Middle East that wants to eradicate the Jewish people like just like Haman did: the state of Iran,' he said.
Pompeo made his comments in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network from Jerusalem
'Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?'
Pompeo responded: 'As a Christian I certainly believe that's possible.' He then spoke of his trip touring the archeological sites dating back 3,000 years.
'To see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains. I am confident that the Lord is at work here,' Pompeo said, in a video clip put out by CBN.
'It was special for me as a Christian. It was special I think to show the commitment the United States has to this democracy, this Jewish nation of Israel,' Pompeo.
He spoke on a day President Trump said the U.S. should recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel, a move that if carried out would be a plum for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who must stand for reelection in weeks. The rest of the world recognizes the territory, seized from Syria in 1967 Six Day war, as occupied territory that should be a subject of talks.
Pompeo also spoke about his own religious path in the interview.
'So I grew up going to church on Sundays, but frankly it wasn't a priority in my life growing up. I went off to West Point, and as a young cadet, during my freshman year there were two young men who were juniors who were true men of faith. And they held these little Bible study/cookie klatches on Sunday afternoons,' Pompeo said.
'And they invited all the cadets to see – it was purely voluntary. And I started showing up, and – truly remarkable. I started going to church every weekend on my own, because I wanted to be there to learn and to grow, and at some point during that first year I really did come to have an understanding of Jesus that was different than the one that I had before,' he said. 'It fundamentally changed my life.'
Pompeo noted that he 'swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States' when he assumed his post.
'But in each of those missions, the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior. It doesn't drive answers and outcomes every day,' he said. 'But it does inform how I try to treat every human being with dignity and respect in ways that Christians ought to.'
CNN also covered Pompeo's remarks:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed with a suggestion posed in an interview Thursday that it's possible God raised Donald Trump to be President in order to protect Israel from Iran.
In an interview in Jerusalem, the Christian Broadcast Network's Chris Mitchell asked Pompeo, "could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?" Esther is the main heroine of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated this week.
"As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," Pompeo said.
Pompeo added that he is "confident that the Lord is at work here" when he sees the "remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains."
The remarks came shortly after Trump announced that the US will recognize Israel's sovereigntyover the Golan Heights, overturning longstanding US policy toward the area, which was seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a former State Department spokesman who is now a CNN military and diplomatic analyst, blasted Pompeo over the remarks.
"Secretary Pompeo's assertion that President Trump may have been sent by God to save Israel would be laughable on its face if it weren't yet another indication that our Secretary of State recklessly crosses the line that should exist between church and state," Kirby said. "The very idea that there is something biblical to the conduct of diplomacy -- that foreign policy is some sort of evangelical endeavor and that the American president is the champion of Judeo-Christian values alone -- gives comfort to extremists who see the West as crusaders and unease to those who look to the United States as the protector of both religious and civic freedom. What he said is not only embarrassing; it's dangerous and irresponsible."
Pompeo is not the first prominent Trump administration official to suggest that God wanted the New York real estate mogul to become president. In January, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBN, "that's why he's there."
Pompeo on Thursday also used the interview to weigh in on domestic politics and the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat whose recent criticism of Israel and US policy toward the Jewish state has been criticized as anti-Semitic.
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And from NBC News:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested in a televised interview Thursday that God may have sent President Donald Trump to Earth to protect Israel.
Pompeo made the remarks in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, in Jerusalem, where he visited the Western Wall with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
When the interview turned to Iranian aggression in the Middle East, Pompeo was asked whether he thought "President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace."
"As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," Pompeo responded.
Remarking on "the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains," the secretary of state added: "I am confident that the Lord is at work here."
Thursday is Purim, the holiday that commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people from genocide on the orders of Haman, a minister under the Persian King Xerxes I. The Old Testament Book of Esther relates that Esther, Xerxes' queen, persuaded the king to revoke the order, saving the Jews of the kingdom.
Pompeo made it clear in the CBN interview that his actions and remarks were significantly shaped by his Christian faith, saying that from his service in the Army through his tenure as secretary of state, "the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior."
In a joint news conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Pompeo said, "Israel has no better friend than the United States," adding: "These are not just words. This is what we do on a daily basis for the benefit of us both."
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