On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president,” according to The Hill.
When Sanders spoke to David Brody and Jennifer Wishon of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sanders was asked for a “spiritual perspective” on Trump’s presidency.
"I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president," Sanders said. "And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The evangelical community is a large part of Trump’s voting base.
Sanders was asked about a pair of religion-based issues on Wednesday. The issues included allegations that Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) had anti-Semitic views. The two representatives have been criticized for their support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Sanders said that the lawmakers’ comments were “outrageous” and rebuked Democratic leaders for not properly condemning their remarks.
CBN then asked Sanders about how Christians in Syria will be affected after Trump withdraws U.S. forces.
“Look, the president’s made clear that we support Christians, that we support the Kurds," Sanders said. "He’s made that clear to Turkey, he’s made that clear publicly on a number of fronts, and just one of the reasons that the president has been tough on Iran is to make sure that people don’t feel threatened.
"We’re still going to have a presence in the region but as much as we can continue to totally and completely destroy ISIS, the president wants our troops out of Syria and he wants to be able to bring more of them back home," she added.
Many lawmakers have warned that pulling U.S. forces out of Syria so quickly could destabilize the region and embolden ISIS.