Evangelist Franklin Graham said President Donald Trump isn’t “perfect” during a recent interview on MSNBC.
Over the weekend, MSNBC anchor Alex Witt asked the reverend if reports that one of Trump’s lawyers paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to remain quiet about an alleged affair suggested the president has “a sin problem.” Here’s how Graham responded:
“He is not President Perfect.”
Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, said Trump “is a much different person today than he was four years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago,” and voters should “give the man the benefit of the doubt.”
Trump, he said, is not a “perfect person” and shouldn’t be seen “as the pastor of this country.”
Witt also asked the evangelist if he would be as forgiving of a Democratic president. Here’s what Graham said:
“We were targeted by the Obama administration, but that didn’t stop me from praying for the man.”
Graham maintains both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association were audited under former President Barack Obama over their views on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
The well-known Christian leader said both organizations passed the audits, “but it was a great inconvenience.” Nevertheless, Graham often spoke out, encouraging fellow Christians to pray for Obama:
“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama … for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes.
While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders, whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”
On Sunday, Graham told Fox News that Trump has done more to defend Christianity than any president in modern history.
“I find him to be a person concerned about the religious freedoms of Americans, but not just us here in this country, but he’s concerned about the religious freedom of people in other countries,” he said.
Watch Graham’s MSNBC appearance below.