About 25 Christian leaders laid their hands on the President in a prayer during a meeting on Tuesday, October 29.
Faith leaders from across the country gathered to pray for President Donald Trump. A photograph of high ranking evangelical leaders and pastors laying their hands on Trump and praying went viral over the weekend. According to Fox News, about 25 leaders laid their hands on the President in prayer on the morning of 29 October, 2019, at the Roosevelt Room at the White House. White House Deputy Press Secretary, Judd Deere confirmed the news and described the details and intentions of the hour-long meeting.
We had a great day @WhiteHouse with faith leaders. We talked & prayed with President @realDonaldTrump in the Roosevelt Room. I’m thankful that we are given the opportunity to discuss important policy issues and always the President ask us to lay hands on him and pray. pic.twitter.com/Jua6jouqgp— Jentezen Franklin (@Jentezen) October 29, 2019
“They took the time to pray for the president and for the Nation. The leaders discussed the Administration’s many accomplishments for the American people and how the communities they represent from across the country are benefiting from these important policies," said Deere in the press release.
First Baptist Dallas Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress said, “I've never seen President Trump more upbeat, positive, and focused than I did in Tuesday's meeting. At the end of the meeting, several asked if they could pray for the president and he graciously welcomed the offer — as he always does."
Glad to visit with @realDonaldTrump to discuss how this administration is advancing conservative policies. It is clear to me the impeachment is less about the president and more about his pro-life, pro-family policies.— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) October 31, 2019
(Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian) pic.twitter.com/MQScq3GKgF
Though the informal meeting was closed to news media, many attendees took to social media to talk about the experience. They thanked the President for the opportunity, calling him a great leader of the country.
“We had a great day @WhiteHouse with faith leaders. We talked & prayed with President @realDonaldTrump in the Roosevelt Room. I’m thankful that we are given the opportunity to discuss important policy issues and always the President asks us to lay hands on him and pray,” wrote Free Chapel Senior Pastor, Jentezen Franklin.
Honored to pray for @realDonaldTrump and our nation! Also discussed the many great accomplishments under the leadership of President Trump. He continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people— Paula White-Cain (@Paula_White) October 31, 2019
(Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian) #prayer #potus #nation pic.twitter.com/rJ6ExahYXN
Others tweeted about the topics of their discussion. Johnnie Moore, who helped the president organize an evangelical advisory group for Trump wrote, "A privilege to meet with & pray w/ @POTU. This week we discussed achievements like: criminal justice reform, defending religious freedom, reducing abortion, combatting the opioid crisis & trafficking, the end of ISIS & Baghdadi."
As the meeting with the religious leaders is seen to be a support declaration as the President prepares to face the first formal vote on the impeachment process