Some influential evangelicals are defending President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as he faces questions about his communication with Russian officials.
Kushner is being questioned by the United States Senate committee over whether he met with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign to help turn the campaign in Trump’s favor along with the Russian government.
Kushner said that his actions “were proper and occurred in the course of events in a very unique campaign.” He said that Trump won the election because he ran a smarter campaign than Hillary Clinton.
Despite the questions, evangelical leaders are supporting Kushner, saying he is a valuable White House liaison.
"From the beginning of my own interaction with President Trump, there has been one person always there at every meeting, available to answer every question, and immediately following up upon concerns of our community. That person is Jared Kushner," former Southern Baptist Convention president and Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"Though, I don't know him personally, I think I reflect the sentiment of many evangelicals across the country when I say that we view Jared as a close friend, who is deeply concerned that our issues remain at the forefront, and that the president's promises are fulfilled as it relates to our community. I admire him and appreciate his service to our country."
Former SBC president and pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, Jack Graham, called Kushner a “key liaison between evangelicals and the president.”
Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, Calif., said Kushner is a “great gift to the evangelical community.”
"I have found every interaction with Jared Kushner to be exemplary," Rodriguez said. "We have always found him to be an ever-present help in time of need."
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Publication date: July 25, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.