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last August, the president of the united States, Donald Trump, and raised his gaze to the sky, open arms in the middle of the gardens of the White House, and said to a turbamulta of journalists: “I am the chosen one”. Days later clarified that the comment messianic was a joke. What is certain is that the man that ensures you never have asked God for forgiveness, has spent years trying to get closer to the hard core of evangelical religion in order to retain the bases are more conservative in their attempt to be re-elected in 2020.

to help you achieve this has been with him very close to her old friend and spiritual guide, Paula White. Since the republican took over the presidency, the telepredicadora that is spearheading the “prosperity theology” —that equated finances and well-being as the will of God— has been at his side. But now it will be even more.

last week, White was officially named a counselor of the Initiative, Faith and Opportunity, whose purpose is to serve as a speaker to religious groups in government programs dedicated to issues such as the defense of religious freedom and the fight against poverty. Before taking up a place formally in the Administration, White had already favored meetings of pastors and conservative leaders of the White House, ensuring that Washington would take into account the databases more conservative.

The lead pastor of Florida, 53 years old, married three times and lives in a large mansion —features, the latter shares with Trump—, he began his tv career in 2001. A year later, at the end of his sermon on the program, Paula White Today, received a call. It was the property tycoon Donald Trump, who congratulated her and, as he has confessed to being White, he recited three of his sermons almost to perfection. Coincidentally, White was in New York and Trump invited her to meet his family. Both kept in touch and saw each other again at the end of the first season of the program of reality tv Trump’s The Apprentice. White prayed with the team of the program before the recording.

The friendship between the two stars of the reality show grew to the point that the pastor bought an apartment in the building, 502 Park Avenue, owned by the tycoon, who continually repeats that his favorite book is the Bible and that “no one reads both” like him (however, he is incapable of mentioning a verse when asked what he likes).

the day The president took oath of his office in January 2017, he did so on two Bibles: one for themselves and another used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. At his side was the arch-conservative Mike Pence, who took office as vice president. That day, Paula White became the first nun who led the prayer during the ceremony. After his public appearance alongside politicians, their support networks dropped considerably. “I saw how my Twitter followers down in 10.000, 20.000, 30.000…”, acknowledged to The Washington Times. Now it has 700,000 in this social network and three million on Facebook.

In June, in Orlando (Florida), advisor spiritual changed the tone used in the opening of the office of the president to spend one more alarmist in a rally of the republican. “For each network and demonic that has been aligned against the call of the president Trump, to be torn down in the name of Jesus,” he exclaimed to the crowd. “I declare that the president Trump will surpass all the strategies of hell and all the strategies of the enemy,” he added then. Some christians consider their heretical ideas, and not lacking those who accused of anti-populist and even figure divisive in that faith.

White, like Trump, was not always religious. In his book of memoirs, Something Greater, published last October, tells of the “visit of divine” that Jesus made to him in 1986, when he was with his newborn daughter. In the vision, she appeared, preaching in all the continents. The image was an impulse to devote himself entirely to religion. Since then, he has built an empire, with television programs, radio, books, tours around the country and, from 2014, as a pastor leading an evangelical church in Florida.

That is, until Jesus came back to talk to him. In may, during the sermon on Sunday, he said that the Lord had told him that he could not “lose the moment” to make things larger. So he left his position as pastor at New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka to open a University and pick up 3,000 new churches. But the ambitious plans of White were interrupted by one of his followers: Trump. The us president that seeks to ensure that the evangelicals to remain in their ranks, called her to arrange to get him from the White House. White still has not made any comment about it. Their networks are focused right now on promoting his new book before the own Trump.

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