Speaking with the Christian Broadcast Network in Jerusalem on Thursday, the day that Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim, in which the ancient Jews of Persia were saved by the heroine Esther from Haman, the Persian King’s right-hand man who had initiated plans to exterminate them, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that it was possible that President Trump’s election was part of God’s plan to save the Jewish people from the existential threat of Iran.
Pompeo, a deeply religious Christian, stated, “I am confident that the Lord is at work here.” Chris Mitchell asked Pompeo whether Trump, who walked away from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal that endangered Israel, was here to “save the Jewish people.” Mitchell stated, “And you also mentioned a Bible story last night when you had your statements with the prime minister … Today’s being Purim, a celebration, Jews worldwide and here in Jerusalem are talking about the fact that Esther 2,500 years ago saved the Jewish people with God’s help from Haman. And now 2,500 years later, there’s a new Haman here in the Middle East that wants to eradicate the Jewish people like just like Haman did: the state of Iran. Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?”
Pompeo didn’t evade the question, answering, “As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible.” He continued by speaking of archeological sites dating back 3,000 years that he had visited, saying, “To see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains, I am confident that the Lord is at work here. It was special for me as a Christian. It was special I think to show the commitment the United States has to this democracy, this Jewish nation of Israel.”
President Trump has been a remarkable friend to Israel and the Jewish people, making history by finally moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the Jewish people’s eternal capital, acknowledging Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, without which Israelis living below in the valley were traditionally easy targets for slaughter from above, and of course, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, which Obama administration officials lied about in order to sell it to the media and the general public.
After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the duplicity Iran had practiced regarding its nuclear ambitions, Pompeo stated, “Iran’s nuclear deception is inconsistent with Iran’s pledge in the nuclear deal ‘that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop, or acquire any nuclear weapons.’ One has to ask: Why exactly was Iran hiding half a ton of nuclear weaponization files while implementing the Iran deal?”
Pompeo recalled how he became a devout Christian:
So I grew up going to church on Sundays, but frankly it wasn’t a priority in my life growing up. I went off to West Point, and as a young cadet, during my freshman year there were two young men who were juniors who were true men of faith. And they held these little Bible study/cookie klatches on Sunday afternoons. And they invited all the cadets to see – it was purely voluntary. And I started showing up, and – truly remarkable. I started going to church every weekend on my own, because I wanted to be there to learn and to grow, and at some point during that first year I really did come to have an understanding of Jesus that was different than the one that I had before. It fundamentally changed my life.
Pompeo spoke of his duty to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” adding, “But in each of those missions, the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior. It doesn’t drive answers and outcomes every day. But it does inform how I try to treat every human being with dignity and respect in ways that Christians ought to.”