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Weekend Reads Rick Perry, under scrutiny for his Ukraine trip, says Trump is God’s ‘chosen one’

23:00  25 november  2019
23:00  25 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry believes that President Trump was chosen by God to lead the country — and he handed the president a one -page description of morally flawed biblical kings as inspiration, he said . “ God ’ s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect.

But his energy secretary, Rick Perry , thinks the president should take himself seriously. Henry said Perry also “pointed out to me he believes Barack Obama was sent by God as well, for that The notion that Trump is a ruler of less-than-perfect Christian values sent to benefit the godly – a second

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump, Ben Carson sitting at a table: Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, left, leads a prayer during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Nov. 19. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)© Salwan Georges/The Washington Post Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, left, leads a prayer during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Nov. 19. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

Energy Secretary Rick Perry believes that President Trump was chosen by God to lead the country — and he handed the president a one-page description of morally flawed biblical kings as inspiration, he said.

“God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News.

Trump caused a stir in August when he described himself in seemingly messianic terms: In one day, he looked to the sky while calling himself “the chosen one” to handle trade policy, and quoted the words of a conspiracy-theorist radio host who likened Trump to “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.”

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During the clip, Perry suggested God chose “ God ’ s used imperfect people all through history,” Perry said , before naming Biblical figures he believes are WATCH: Trump 's Secretary of Energy Rick Perry appeared on Fox News, contradicting Sondland's testimony under oath that Perry was

" God ' s used imperfect people all through history," Perry said , naming several Biblical figures. "King David wasn't perfect, Saul wasn't perfect, Solomon wasn't Fox & Friends preview an interview with Rick Perry , where he says that Trump is "the chosen one " and "sent by God to do great things".

Perry says he told the president that this posturing, which some critics took as egotistical or even blasphemous, was correct.

“ ‘Mr. President … you said you were the chosen one,' ” Perry recalled saying in the Oval Office. “I said, ‘You were. … You are here in this time because God ordained you.’ ”

He noted that he believes Barack Obama was also ordained by God for the presidency.

It’s a common view among some evangelical Christians. Some of Trump’s loudest evangelical defenders, like Franklin Graham, often compare him to sinful but important biblical kings, especially King David — who wrote psalms and slew Goliath, but also impregnated Bathsheba and then calculated to have her husband killed.

It’s a less common theme among political figures, before Perry’s comments on Fox News.

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Rick Perry reassured Trump that God is on his side. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images. Personally, I ’ve heard this sort of rap so many times from Christian-right leaders and flacks that at first I didn’t think it was newsworthy.

Trump has been described as the “ chosen one ” by his secretary of energy, Rick Perry . In the preview of an interview shown on Fox News on Sunday Trump says that Biden pressured Ukraine to sack a prosecutor who was investigating an energy company that Biden’ s son Hunter was on the board of

Perry, whose trip to Ukraine for the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is under scrutiny as the House impeachment inquiry probes the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine, went on to say that he believes Trump will not be removed from office. (“Oh, Lord, no. Not even close,” he said, when Fox’s Ed Henry asked him about the possibility that Republican senators might eventually vote to impeach the president.)

“He will muscle right on through this. He is an extraordinary individual," Perry said. "We’ve got a mission here, and we’re going to get through it.”

Perry has served as energy secretary since the beginning of the Trump administration and is soon to leave his post. He led a prayer last week at his final Cabinet meeting.

The former Texas governor, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican primary for president, grew up in the mainline United Methodist denomination, a church with a more liberal stance on some theological questions. He and his wife were active in a United Methodist church for years, including teaching confirmation classes. But in 2007, he joined a more conservative, evangelical megachurch.

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“ God uses imperfect people through history. King David wasn’t perfect," The energy secretary said Energy Secretary Rick Perry raised eyebrows Monday after a clip of an interview he gave on Fox The evangelical Christian praised President Trump as “ God ’ s chosen one ” -- an idea that is not

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a portion of an interview released by Fox & Friends this past weekend that he believes President Trump is the Pete Hegseth: " God has used imperfect people forever," but what Trump "has withstood is unlike what really any other mortal could understand"

His political message has often been overtly Christian, in ways both symbolic and tangible. He has said the country is based on Christian values and his own political path has been directed by God; he has also signed antiabortion legislation while visiting an evangelical school and participated in constitutionally barred prayer at public school.

In Trump’s Cabinet, that puts him in good company. Many of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries are beloved by white evangelical voters, who sometimes have put aside their skepticism about Trump’s own moral compass because they saw the firm Christians he surrounded himself with.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently was criticized by some and praised by others for promoting on the State Department’s homepage his speech, “Being a Christian Leader.” Perry said that he has attended a Wednesday morning Cabinet Bible study with a large number of secretaries, including Sonny Perdue, Ben Carson, Alex Azar, Alex Acosta (who resigned in July) and Betsy DeVos.

They do some business alongside discussing the Bible, he said.

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