WashigntonExaminer reports President Trump said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told him God ordained him to be president during the 2016 presidential race.
Earlier this week, Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody asked Trump if he believes God intended him to beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump declined to respond, but he said Carson, who ran against him in the GOP primary, shared that sentiment with him.
“I want to ask you, on the evangelical front. I’ve asked Sarah Sanders this, 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?” Brody asked.
“Well, I don’t know what they said specifically,” Trump began. “They said yes,” Brody responded.
“Ben Carson said the same thing. 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.’ I said, ‘What a lovely thing to say.’ That was the first one that I heard from Ben Carson,” Trump recalled during the 2016 campaign, referring to Carson as a “very high-quality guy.”
When Brody asked if Trump believes that himself, the president responded, “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.”
Last year, then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she also believed God intended for Trump to be president. “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times. And I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” she said in the 2019 interview with Brody.