Reverend Franklin Graham believes fingers should not be pointing at Donald Trump for divisiveness in the nation.
Graham, one of six faith leaders invited to pray at the inauguration of the president-elect, acknowledged that there is division in the country as he spoke with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.
“There’s no question there’s a lot of division,” Graham said, reacting to news of nearly 70 members of Congress who have announced they are boycotting the event.
“But it wasn’t Donald Trump that divided this country,” he added. “This country has been divided for a long time, and we do need to come together and we need to pray today now more than ever.”
Graham urged a coming together of all Americans in prayer, regardless of faith or party affiliation.
“Only God can fix this country,” he said.
Trump praised Graham’s comments in a tweet on Thursday.
“It wasn’t Donald Trump that divided this country, this country has been divided for a long time!” Stated today by Reverend Franklin Graham.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017
Graham, whose father Billy Graham has spoken at four presidential inaugurations, traveled to all 50 states during the election campaign, holding prayer meetings. He was criticized for saying God played a role in the election.
“I just sensed as I went across the country that God was getting ready to do something to change the direction of this country,” he said.
With six different faiths being represented at Trump’s swearing-in, Graham counts it a “privilege” to be part of the moment.
“It’s a great privilege to be able to stand with the president and to be able to stand before the nation and focus on God for a few minutes,” he said.
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