Archbishop of Canterbury: “I really do not understand” the Christians who support Trump


The chief cleric of the Church of England says he is perplexed by the Christians who support President Donald Trump.

The Reverend Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, was asked Sunday by Robert Peston of the ITV if he understands why fundamentalist Christians in the United States support Trump so much.

"There are two things that go through my mind: I say what I think or say what I should say, and I will say what I think," said Welby. "No, I do not understand, I really do not understand where that comes from."

White evangelical Christians have been a key part of Trump's base, with 81 percent of them voting for him in 2016. A Fox News poll last month found 66 percent approval of his work, very much for above the president's general approval rating of 38 percent.

. @JustinWelby tells us what he thinks about Christian support for Donald Trump, but says he will meet with him if a state visit occurs. #Peston

– Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) November 26, 2017

Peston asked the archbishop if he would meet Trump during his visit planned to the United Kingdom at the beginning of next year.

Welby said he would, but do not read too much.

"I spent years and years involved in conflicts around the world, where I met people who had killed many, many people," he said. "Part of the job is meeting people with whom you disagree and witnessing to Christ's love for them and trying to attract them in a different way."

Welby said he has already been invited to a dinner with Trump, but most likely they will do little more than shake hands at the event.

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