Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. will be joining Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, Trump’s campaign announced Tuesday.
The board will “provide advisory support to Mr. Trump on those issues important to Evangelicals and other people of the faith in America,” the campaign said in a statement. “The executive board members will convene on a regular basis.”
In addition to Bachmann, the board includes radio host and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., and Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed.
“I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President,” Trump said in a statement.
The announcement followed a New York City meeting with evangelical leaders.
“Today at the gathering of evangelicals Trump was forthright, said he would support pro-life judges. Respectful, and warmly received,” Bachmann tweeted.
Today at the gathering of evangelicals Trump was forthright, said he would support pro-life judges. Respectful, and warmly received.
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) June 21, 2016
At the meeting, Trump spoke about ending the ban on political involvement to maintain tax exempt status with certain institutions, such as churches.
“I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity — and other religions — is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it,” Trump said.
Bachmann was not the only one who praised Trump’s performance.
“I believe that he came across very well as a messenger for everybody in the room, not just as a beneficiary of evangelical votes but as a fellow traveler. That’s not necessarily an easy distance for him to have traveled because people didn’t see him like that before,” said Marjorie Danenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List, which works to oppose abortion. “He made no missteps. There were no explosions.”
h/t: The Hill