A New York Times report indicates that President Donald Trump’s personal pastor will join the White House’s Office of Public Liaison, according to a White House official.
Paula White “will be overseeing a White House division that conducts outreach to key parts of the president’s base,” The Times said. White will advise Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which he established last year via executive order and seeks to grant greater involvement to religious groups within the federal government.
Evangelicals continue to be a reliable chunk of the president’s base, and heading into 2020 — particularly as impeachment ramps up in the House — Trump needs to pull in every ounce of support he can muster.
White has a large following among Christians who subscribe to the “prosperity gospel,” The Times noted, but she is somewhat controversial among evangelicals in general.