Megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin who leads the Free Chapel Church and serves as a member of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council condemned on Sunday recent comments allegedly made by the president and branded as racist in which he called Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa “s***hole countries.”
“I don’t agree with what the president said this week. It was wrong what he said. I say that respectfully. There’s no nations that are trash and I’m putting it kind what he said. There’s no people in those nations that are worthless and trash,” Franklin said as his congregation applauded near the end of his sermon.
Sources first reported by The Washington Post allege that at a meeting in the Oval Office discussing protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa last Thursday, Trump asked: “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”
He then suggested that America should take more immigrants from countries like Norway before singling out Haitians.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.”
President Trump has since denied making the comments and council spokesman Johnnie Moore also cast doubt on the veracity of the claims, calling the “crass” remarks “absolutely suspect and politicized,” according to The Washington Post.
Jentezen joined a minority of Trump’s evangelical council, also called the Faith Leaders Initiative, who have boldly denounced the controversial comments, including Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
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Source: Christian Post