President Trump on Tuesday commended the work of Samaritan’s Purse, calling its CEO Franklin Graham a “very special” person who is making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
Samaritan’s Purse set up a 68-bed emergency field hospital in New York City’s Central Park and is partnering with Mount Sinai Health System. The field hospital will care for those who have the coronavirus.
Trump was asked about Graham during Tuesday’s Coronavirus Task Force press conference.
“I just spoke to him today for an extended period of time,” Trump said. “I told him what a fantastic job you're doing, and ... he loves doing it. He loves helping people. And he loves Jesus -- that I can tell you. He loves Jesus. He's a great gentleman.”
Graham appeared on FoxNews’ Hannity program Tuesday, saying the field hospital has about 70 doctors, nurses and technicians.
“We've got an incredible group of men and women that respond in Jesus’ name when there's a crisis,” Graham said. “… This is a desperate situation. … And we've got people there that have experience dealing with infectious diseases.”
“... We’re going to give them the best medical care that we possibly can, in Jesus’ name.”
Graham requested prayer for the medical workers. He also urged Americans to set “aside their politics for a few weeks.”
“This is the time … that all of us need to come together and work together to save lives,” Graham said. “... This coronavirus, it's going to kill Republicans, it's going to kill Democrats, it's going to kill Independents. And we just need to work together ... for the better of this nation.”
Samaritan’s Purse also set up a 68-bed emergency field hospital in Italy, just outside of Milan.
“We're coming up on Easter, and I think this is a great time to remind people that God loves us, that He cares for us,” Graham said. “He hasn't forgotten us and hasn’t turned His back on us. He sent His Son from heaven to this Earth to take the sins of mankind. If we'll put our faith and trust in Him, God will forgive us and He'll heal our hearts. That's the message of Easter.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.