On Sunday, President Trump participated in a "Call to Prayer" phone conference for people affected by COVID-19. Also in the meeting were several prominent Christian leaders, Premier Christian News reports.
"Every family who lost a loved one ... I just want to say an extra-special prayer," Trump said over the phone. "People have lost loved ones, it should never have happened. Nobody had heard of a thing like this a few months before and all of a sudden, they are losing people.
“I want to give my warmest sympathies to the families that have lost someone. I've lost many friends ... five friends,” he added.
Trump then encouraged viewers saying, “God hears our prayers” and “He's always with us and He'll help us overcome this challenge.”
The president also said that he has recently tested negative for COVID-19 after he had contracted the disease earlier this month.
In his closing remarks, Trump thanked the Lord “for working miracles’ and asked God “for the wisdom and the grace to continue to lead our country, and to lead it at the top level.”
Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, hosted Sunday’s prayer call and told viewers that the prayer calls would continue every Sunday going forward at 5 p.m.
Several charismatic leaders including presidential advisor Paula-White Cain, Daystar’s Joni Lamb, televangelist James Robison and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez participated in Sunday’s prayer call.
Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry was also present in the call, according to Charisma News. Strawberry, who once struggled with drug addiction, now serves as an ordained minister and helps others who struggle with addiction.
Strawberry encouraged Trump by calling him a “warrior and a fighter.” He cited the story of Joshua in the Old Testament and asserted that God had chosen Trump as the nation’s leader and called for the church to “rise up and proclaim the good news of Jesus.”
Robinson followed up with some encouraging words of his own to Trump, thanking him for his service to the country and warned viewers against the “fake news” media, which he called “snake news.”
"You and all of your family have actually shown us how to love our neighbor as ourselves. ... You literally left your lifestyle, you left your comfort, to seek what was best not only for your family, your children and grandchildren but for my family, my children, my grandchildren and now great-grandchildren," the televangelist said.
"You really have proven that you know wisdom comes from above, and you want it, and you want what is best for every American,” he added.
Concurrently, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, stated in a memo that the President has tested negative for the disease for a number of “consecutive days” and is not infectious to others.
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