Trump Just Gave His Take On God’s Role In His Faith, And It Might Surprise You

He said he takes the initiative to remedy his own mistakes and misdeeds.

During a recent campaign stop in Ames, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sat down for an interview with pollster Frank Luntz at the Family Leadership Summit.

At one point, Luntz asked a straightforward question regarding Trump’s faith: “Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?”

Trump reacted hesitantly, acknowledging the “tough question” he had just been asked.

“I don’t think in terms of that,” he ultimately responded. “I’m a religious person, shockingly. People are so shocked when they find this out. I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian. And I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church.”

He went on to share his admiration for his late pastor Norman Vincent Peale.

“He’d bring real-life situations, modern situations, into the sermon,” Trump recalled, “and you could listen to him all day long.”

Luntz recognized the billionaire wandering from a direct answer and repeated his inquiry.

“But have you ever asked God for forgiveness?” he asked, prompting audible laughter from the audience.

Pressed for a direct answer, Trump responded: “I’m not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there.”

He said he takes the initiative to remedy his own mistakes and misdeeds.

“I don’t bring God into that picture,” he confirmed. “I don’t.”

Trump did make a reference to the sacrament of communion, however, as a possible exception to his stance.

“When we go in church and when I drink my little wine,” he said, “which is about the only wine I drink, I have my little cracker – I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness. And I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, OK?”

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