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Mike Pompeo: It’s ‘Possible’ God Sent Trump, Like Queen Esther, To Protect The Jews

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It wasn’t a Purim joke, though it may have sounded like one.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian television network that it’s “possible” that God sent President Trump to save the Jews — just like he sent Queen Esther, from the Purim story.

“Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?” asked Chris Mitchell, a reporter with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo responded.

Thursday was Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates Queen Esther’s rescue of the Jews of Persia.

“Nah, we’re good. Thanks anyway,” tweeted the writer Molly Jong-Fast.

An evangelical Christian and a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Pompeo gave the interview while in Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In Israel, Pompeo said the U.S. planned to heighten pressure on Iran. Israeli media portrayed the visit as a political gift to Netanyahu, who is facing a difficult reelection campaign.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at nathankazis@forward.com or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis


Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.

Mike Pompeo: Like Queen Esther, Trump Sent To Save Jews

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