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Responds to question about popular evangelical belief that God put him in White House



President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. (Official White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Trump says he doesn't want to talk about the suggestion that God put him in office "for such a time as this," because he's just going to do his best.

The issue arose in an an interview David Brody, the chief political analyst for CBN News.

"I want to ask you, on the evangelical front. I've asked Sarah Sanders, Mike Pompeo, they all give me the same answer I say, was President Trump put in office for such a time as this. Did God put President Trump in office for such a time as this? I never asked you that question. What do you think?"

Trump replied, "Well, I don't know what they said."

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"They said yes," Brody explained.

"I almost don't even want to think about it. Because you know what, all I'm gonna do is, I hope it's true. All I'm going to do is I'm going to do my best," Trump said.

"And part of what I'm doing my best one is for the religious community beyond evangelical, evangelicals a very big part is very important to me. You know, we have great support. I was so honored when Franklin Graham said that his father voted for me. And that was something that Billy Graham has never announced, who he was voting for.

"But Franklin Graham said his father voted for me. He went public with it. As you know, to me that was a big moment because I have such respect for Franklin and for the family and Billy Graham is really great."

Trump said he believes he has "great support" from the "forgotten" citizens.

"There's a lot of hidden support. People in our country that don't riot, don't protest, that don't you know, they work hard," he said. "They do a great job. They're smart, they have everything, but they were forgotten by the politicians. They showed up in 16. I think they're going to show up in larger numbers in 20."

He cited a comment from Ben Carson, his secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

"You know, Ben Carson came to me because he ran a very effective campaign. And he did a good job. He really did. You know, he came in one of the top people. And he said to me, you know, you're gonna win. I said, Ben, I'm running against you. What are you telling me? He said you're going to win because God put you here for this occasion," Trump said.

"I said, 'What a lovely thing to say.'"