In a June 1 interview with conservative commentator and talk-radio host Todd Starnes, evangelical leader Franklin Graham explained why he was asking all Americans to pray for President Donald Trump (on June 2) and continue to pray for him who is the "president of all of us" and for whom there are "enemies that want to tear him down" and "destroy this country."
The goal is "to pray for the president," said Rev. Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). "When you look at all the attacks over the last two-and-a-half years, how everyone is trying to pull him down. I believe that if he’s going to stand, and this presidency is going to continue, it has to have God’s hand and we’ve got to have God’s protection."
"So, I’m just asking people across the country, Sunday, pastors leading their churches, Sunday school teachers leading their Sunday school classes, individuals, just to stop for a moment and pray for the president of our country," said the reverend. "This isn’t a Democrat issue. This isn’t a Republican or Independent issue – he’s the president of all of us, he’s the president of the United States."
Host Todd Starnes then asked, “When you look at how people have attacked this president, it really has been relentless. I know you’ve been around many presidents over the years. What do you make of these attacks on President Trump?"
Rev. Graham said, “It’s hard to understand how it can be. He’s not a perfect person, none of us are. All of us are guilty of sin. But he’s the president, he was elected, and there are those who want to nullify what the American people voted for. It’s just wrong and we need to pray for him."
“The only hope for this country is God," said Rev. Graham, son of the late-Pastor Billy Graham. "The Republicans aren’t going to be able to fix the problems, the Democrats aren’t going to be able to fix the problems. But if we work together as Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, with God leading I think America can come back not only to the greatness it had years ago but to a higher level."
"But it’s going to take God," he said. "We can’t do it on our own strength. We’ve turned our back on God. We’ve taken him out of our education systems. We’ve taken him out of our government, and we need more of God, not less of God in our government. Just look at the mess this country is in right now."