Trump on US embassy move: Evangelicals more thankful than Jews

Trump said that evangelical Christians appreciated the US Embassy move to Jerusalem more than Jews did.

By: World Israel News Staff

Christians, particuarly evangelical Christians, were more thankful to him for his decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv compared to Jews, US President Donald Trump told the TBN Christian network.

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and father of Trump’s press secretary interviewed Trump on TBN.

On June 18, the Huckabee conducted the interview.

“I tell you what, I get more calls of thank you from evangelicals, and I see it in the audiences and everything else, than I do from Jewish people,” Trump said. “And the Jewish people appreciate it, but the evangelicals appreciate it more than the Jews.”

Huckabee said: “It’s not a surprise though, Mr. President, because evangelicals are people of the book. And they believe you kept a promise, were fulfilling really a 3,000-year old commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the capital.”

Trump said: “I think it’s a nice thing to say because it really affects Jewish people in theory more, but as you say people of the book, people of the Bible,” Trump said. “But the evangelicals really appreciate it, and that makes me feel good.”

“It was a campaign promise, I was going to keep it,” Trump said of the embassy move. He added that he never understood why presidents before him had not moved the embassy until he began to get calls from dozens of world leaders asking him not to do it.

US Ambassador David Friedman told The New York Times that evangelical Christians “support Israel with much greater fervor and devotion than many in the Jewish community.”