Pence tells Christian broadcaster: ‘Trump is a believer’

Pence tells Christian broadcaster: ‘Trump is a believer’
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Vice President Pence said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE is a "believer" who is also "grateful [for] the support of believers." 

"Let me be clear: President Trump is a believer and so am I," Pence told Christian Broadcast Networking correspondent David Brody in an interview excerpt published Sunday.

"And we understand the role of faith in the life of this nation and the American people I think can be encouraged to know that in President Donald Trump, they have a leader who embraces and respects and appreciates the role of faith and the importance of religion in the lives of our families, in communities in our nation and he always will,” he continued.

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Pence indicated that Trump feels especially grateful toward evangelical Christians, who largely supported him during the 2016 presidential election.

"I think he’s always very humbled and grateful by the support of believers," he said, adding that Trump "has a heart of gratitude for evangelical Christians in this country."

The vice president also said Trump "readily embraces" any requests for a moment of prayer when meeting with religious leaders.

"I’ve been with this president in the Oval Office with religious leaders when people have asked to pause for a moment of prayer, and the president readily embraces that," he said.

Trump boasted during the presidential election that “the evangelicals love me.”