New Book Reveals Trump Has Watched Christian Television Since the 1980s

Michael W. Chapman | October 25, 2019 | 1:38pm EDT
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Author Doug Wead. 

( -- In best selling author Doug Wead's forthcoming book, Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency, it is revealed that President Donald Trump has been a devoted viewer of Christian television, and evangelical preachers, since the 1980s.

President Trump's good friend Paula White told Wead, "He had watched hours of Christian television [since the 1980s]. And not just watched it, but really listened to the messages. He had retained what he had heard. He could bring it back and repeat it to me. He would say what it meant to him.”

"Trump had watched the Billy Graham telecasts as a boy and had later watched Jimmy Swaggart in the 1980’s," states Wead in the book. "But he especially loved the positive preacher, Norman Vincent Peale. Trump found televangelist Paula White while channel surfing on a Sunday morning in Trump Tower."


"Political writers were always puzzled by his connection to evangelical supporters but it had actually begun early," said Wead. 

Donald Trump reportedly was puzzled by some of the evangelical preachers who would cry on television.

"Trump couldn’t understand why evangelical Christians cried so much," said Wead. “'What’s that all about?' he asked his friend, Pastor Paula White. He was puzzled by Jimmy Swaggart’s weepy, public, confession back in the 1980’s."

Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency  will be released on Nov. 26, 2019. It is available for pre-order on 

According to the page on, Inside Trump's White House offers a sweeping, eloquent history of President Donald J. Trump's first years in office, covering everything from election night to the news of today. The book will include never-before-reported stories and scoops, including how President Trump turned around the American economy, how he 'never complains and never explains,' and how his actions sometimes lead to misunderstandings with the media and the public.

"It also includes exclusive interviews with the Trump family about the Mueller report, and narrates their reactions when the report was finally released."

The book also "contains interviews with the president in the Oval Office, chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, Jared and Ivanka Kushner, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric and Lara Trump, and White House insiders," states the webpage.

Doug Wead is a New York Times best selling author who has written more than 30 books, including Reagan in Pursuit of the Presidency, All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of the First Families, and Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy. 

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