In an interview this week on “The Patriot and The Preacher”, Trump spiritual adviser Paula White said that she, along with other evangelicals who see Trump regularly, has encouraged him to not speak about his faith in Christ openly.

The recommendation came when Trump first started running for president in 2015. The media tried to trip the now-President up with unfair theological questions. Trump’s team then asked that he “keep faith very private and personal and hold it close” to avoid unfair critique.

“I saw them coming at him with a theological question, and I knew that he didn’t know that this was a theological question, and it was complete setup,” White said. “It was over communion. They started asking him about wine because he doesn’t drink, and I’m like, ‘Oh, they’re about to drop it on him.’ And it’d be like asking me how to build a building. I don’t know how to build a building. And so I said, ‘Look, politics by its very nature is designed to be very divisive and destructive.’”

“Gov. [Mike] Huckabee and myself were with him … and we highly recommend to him in this arena to keep faith very private and personal and hold it close because there are some situations that you walk out more privately than publicly because in an arena like this, I think, you’re darned if you do, darned if you don’t,” White added. “Now, with that said, there’s a whole lot that happens behind the scenes that faith plays such an important role to our president.”

Trump has often said that the media has had an unfair treatment towards him, but since becoming president has been more open about his faith.

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