Secretary of Energy Rick Perry believes that President Trump is the “chosen one” who was “sent by God to do great things.” He shared his perspective on the president and his mission appearing on an interview with Fox News’ Ed Henry which was previewed in a clip shown on “Fox & Friends” over the weekend.
“God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect,” Perry said in the video clip.
“And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago and I shared it with him,” the former Republican Texas governor said. “I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.’ ”
“I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government,’ ” he added.
After showing the portion of the interview, Henry noted that Trump’s former GOP rival had also “pointed out to me he believes Barack Obama was sent by God as well, for that moment and that time.”
“He thinks at this moment and this time, Donald Trump was sent by God to do great things,” he added.
President Trump once referred to himself in similar terms, saying he was the “chosen one” when speaking about his trade war with China.
The President later dismissed the criticism of his comments by clarifying that he was just being sarcastic.
“You know exactly what I meant. It was sarcasm. It was joking, we were all smiling. And a question like that is just fake news,” the President told reporters.
Pete Hegseth noted during the “Fox & Friends” clip that many of Trump’s supporters “feel precisely the same way” as Perry.
“They hear the attacks from the media about who he is and his background and they dismiss it and say, God has used imperfect people forever,” Hegseth said, adding that what the president “has withstood is unlike what really any other mortal could understand.”
Perry’s comments about President Trump being chosen for this time was understandable to many Christians who see God in control of the universe, but others who misunderstand the concept simply recoiled at the idea that God would allow, let alone choose, Trump to be president.