“I will be asking for forgiveness, but …”
Donald Trump on Wednesday promised to treat Christianity “with great respect and care” and offered a glimpse into his personal relationship with Jesus.
In an interview with journalist Cal Thomas, Thomas asked Trump, “Who do you say Jesus is?”
“Jesus to me is somebody I can think about for security and confidence,” Trump replied. “Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind.”
Thomas had asked the question as a follow-up to one in which he told Trump, “You have said you never felt the need to ask for God’s forgiveness and yet repentance for one’s sins is a precondition to salvation.”
“I will be asking for forgiveness, but hopefully I won’t have to be asking for much forgiveness,” Trump replied.
Trump then discussed his relationship with the clergy and his commitment to his faith.
“As you know, I am Presbyterian and Protestant. I’ve had great relationships and developed even greater relationships with ministers. We have tremendous support from the clergy. I think I will be doing very well during the election with evangelicals and with Christians,” he said.
“In the Middle East — and this is prior to the migration — you had almost no chance of coming into the United States,” he added. “Christians from Syria, of which there were many, many of their heads … chopped off. If you were a Muslim from Syria, it was one of the easiest places to come in (to the U.S.). I thought that was deplorable.”
“I’m going to treat my religion, which is Christian, with great respect and care,” he added.