Commenting on the partial government shutdown and President Donald Trump's cancellation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Middle East trip, Christian leader Franklin Graham said Congress needs to stay in Washington to work on ending the shutdown. He added, however, that the fundamental problem with government is not the shutdown or illegal immigration but that "our government has largely removed God" from the "corridors of our Capitol."
"Today President Trump postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the Middle East using a government aircraft until the shutdown is over," said Graham in a Jan. 17 post on Facebook.
"I don’t think members of Congress or the President should be traveling until this crisis is resolved," he said. "They should stay in Washington, working to end the shutdown. With 800,000 people not receiving paychecks and border security hanging in the balance, this is the #1 priority."
The reverend continued, "The true crux of the problem is that our government has largely removed God from the halls and corridors of our Capitol."
"I would encourage the members of Congress to come together for a prayer meeting with President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and call on the name of God, asking Him for His wisdom and asking Him to soften everyone’s hardened hearts," said Graham.