Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview that it is ‘possible’ that President Donald Trump has been ‘raised’ by God to save the Jewish people from Iran.
Pompeo made the comments to the Christian Broadcast Network in an interview from Jerusalem during his visit, which precedes Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington next week.
‘I am confident that the Lord is at work here,’ Pompeo told his the network.
During a lengthy discussion at the David Citadel Hotel overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City, Pompeo was asked about the Jewish holiday of Purim, which falls on the day his comments were taped.
‘I am confident that the Lord is at work here,’ Pompeo said after being asked about any parallels between Trump’s role combating Iran – the ‘new Haman’ – and Queen Esther’s biblical role saving the Jews
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Friday, March 22, 2019
Grand setting: Mike Pompeo spoke about his belief in the president doing ‘the Lord’s work’ on an interview filmed the day before he met Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun in the Baabda Palace in Beirut
Other meeting: Mike Pompeo met Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri at the government palace in Lebanon
Classical reminder: Mike Pompeo met Saad Hariri, Lebanon’s prime minister, in the classically-styled government palace in Beirut
Biblical land: Mike Pompeo had prayed at the Western Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday as part of his five-day Middle Eastern tour
The biblical story tells of how Queen Esther through cunning saved the Jewish people from being wiped out.
Interviewer Chris Mitchell asked Pompeo, the nation’s top diplomat, asked whether Trump was here to ‘save the Jewish people,’ and made brought up the story as a parallel.
‘And you also mentioned a Bible story last night when you had your statements with the prime minister,’ Mitchell said.
‘Jews worldwide and here in Jerusalem are talking about the fact that Esther 2,500 years ago saved the Jewish people with God’s help from Haman. And now 2,500 years later there’s a new Haman here in the Middle East that wants to eradicate the Jewish people like just like Haman did: the state of Iran,’ he said.
Coronation of Esther, 5th century BC, as Jewish Queen of Persia, by King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) (Vincenzo Morani) Art (Paintings) – various Artist: MORANI, Vincenzo (1813-70, Italian)
Pompeo made his comments in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network from Jerusalem
‘Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?’
Pompeo responded: ‘As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible.’ He then spoke of his trip touring the archeological sites dating back 3,000 years.
‘To see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains. I am confident that the Lord is at work here,’ Pompeo said, in a video clip put out by CBN.
‘It was special for me as a Christian. It was special I think to show the commitment the United States has to this democracy, this Jewish nation of Israel,’ Pompeo.
U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and the Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch, left, visits the Western Wall tunnels synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday, March 21, 2019
TRAVELING COMPANION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) with his wife Susan upon their arrival at Beirut International airport in Beirut, Lebanon. Pompeo arrived in Beirut on the last leg of his five-day Mideast tour that also took him to Kuwait and Israel
SMILE!U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Lebanon
He spoke on a day President Trump said the U.S. should recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel, a move that if carried out would be a plum for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who must stand for reelection in weeks. The rest of the world recognizes the territory, seized from Syria in 1967 Six Day war, as occupied territory that should be a subject of talks.
In a Fox Business Network interview, Trump was asked if he took the action to help the embattled Netanyahu politically. ”No. I wouldn’t even know about that,’ the president said. ‘I wouldn’t even know about that I have no idea. I hear he is doing okay,’ Trump said.
President Trump on Friday once again attacked the opposition Democratic Party as ‘anti-Jewish,’ a day after denying that his statement on the Golan Heights was meant to bolster Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu
Trump also pleased evangelical voters in the U.S. as well as the Netanyahu government last year by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with longstanding U.S. policy.
Pompeo also spoke about his own religious path in the interview.
‘So I grew up going to church on Sundays, but frankly it wasn’t a priority in my life growing up. I went off to West Point, and as a young cadet, during my freshman year there were two young men who were juniors who were true men of faith. And they held these little Bible study/cookie klatches on Sunday afternoons,’ Pompeo said.
‘And they invited all the cadets to see – it was purely voluntary. And I started showing up, and – truly remarkable. I started going to church every weekend on my own, because I wanted to be there to learn and to grow, and at some point during that first year I really did come to have an understanding of Jesus that was different than the one that I had before,’ he said. ‘It fundamentally changed my life.’
Pompeo noted that he ‘swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States’ when he assumed his post.
‘But in each of those missions, the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior. It doesn’t drive answers and outcomes every day,’ he said. ‘But it does inform how I try to treat every human being with dignity and respect in ways that Christians ought to.’