The president has sought after the evangelical figures who are well known to the world for finding answers. President Trump’s goal in mind is to keep the conservative Christians on his side while having a conscience of doing the right thing in his decisions. One of the biggest issues was the U.S. withdrawal from Syria and leaving the Kurds to fight their own battles or find ways to reconcile with Turkey. Some of the evangelical leaders pleaded with the president to reverse his course. Their main concern was religious persecution and civilian deaths. Some advised him about the other allies to the U.S. like Israel, who the religious care so deeply about.
When the news of Trump ordering the withdrawal of the troops from the Syrian border, many evangelicals turned on him by saying, “This gives evangelicals pause because now they’re wondering, ‘Hmm, that was not a good move. What’s next? Does this mean he’s going to throw Israel under the bus if he threw the Kurds under the bus?'” Another evangelical told Trump he had offended him by the comment about “Kurdish fighters having plenty of sand to play with.”
Notorious for their criticism of President Trump, Televangelist Pat Robertson went off the deep end and said, “Trump was in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.” Family Research Council head Tony Perkins bashed the president as he stated, “The move was inconsistent with what the president has done previously.” Whether close friends or enemies of the president, everyone doubted him and turned their backs on him. “Oh, ye of little faith.”
The former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, stated how most of the evangelicals felt as everything took place and unfolded until Wednesday. Huckabee said, “I was concerned about it, but feel more confident after talking with POTUS and seeing the results of the cease-fire and the economic sanctions.” Twenty-four hours before that, he said, “The President is making a huge mistake.” Politico Reported less than 24 hours after the remarks from Huckabee, “In remarks from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room less than 24 hours later, Trump announced he would be lifting those same economic sanctions against Turkey, remarks that came a day after the U.S. special envoy for Syria engagement told a Senate panel the Turkish military offensive had killed hundreds of Kurdish fighters.”
This was a significant turn around for the positive and definitely in the president’s favor. Tensions grew in such a short amount of time when the president announced the withdrawal of the troops until Wednesday with a victorious announcement. President Trump’s biggest supporters in the religious sector questioned deeply if he had made the right choice, but found themselves baffled and speechless when the announcement came with the cease-fire from Turkey.
It left many feeling guilty with the lack of faith in their own beliefs of what a higher power can do. It also leaves us as supporters wondering how much more President Trump could get done if he had the full support from everyone on his decisions. But he has been fought and ridiculed every step of the way, more than anyone in the presidency.
A longtime friend of President Trump stated, “If he’s going to win in 2020, he has to be north of the 81 percent [of white evangelicals] he won in 2016. I’m not suggesting that the polling is all of a sudden going to show that his support is plummeting because of Syria. But if it stays stagnant, he’s a one-term president.” This significant win over the situation in Syria has restored any doubt these evangelicals, and it is straight forward to a second term presidency. Trump has proven he can win wars without the use of military action, just by being the businessman he is and not the politicians who came before him.
True evangelicals who are faithful to the Word of God see in Trump what this country has been lacking since the Reagan years. To those who are real, they have found their champion in this president. They do not approve of his “preferred tone” or “moral code,” but they have embraced his policies. Yes, Trump is “rough around the edges,” but maybe that is what this world needs to get straight in line with what is right and what is wrong. For many snowflake Liberals, this is why they do not like him because he tells it like it really is without the sugar coat.