Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

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

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

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    NY-12 Candidate Forum

    THE TEMPLE EMANU-EL STREICKER CENTER and Virtual

    Aug 10, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    Will the last Jew left in New York’s congressional delegation be reelected? Will New York’s senior congresswoman receive another term? Or will one of the newcomers upend Manhattan politics?

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to the Foward. Have questions? Please email us at editorial@forward.com.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.