Nov 1, 2019

Trump's personal pastor will act as liaison with president’s base from White House

Trump talks to Paula White in the Rose Garden on May 2. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Televangelist Paula White, President Trump's personal pastor, will join the White House as a member of the Office of Public Liaison, a White House official told the New York Times.

The big picture: In 2020, Trump needs to secure the white evangelical voters that boosted his 2016 campaign. That demographic remains the only faith-based group with a majority that favors Trump, although evangelical leaders recently broke with the president over his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria.

White's position will include advising the administration’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which Trump established last year to give religious groups more of say in federal programs on issues such as religious liberty and poverty.

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Josh Harris: Evangelical support for Trump "incredibly damaging to the Gospel"

In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," former evangelical pastor Joshua Harris said the movement's identification with President Trump has been "incredibly damaging to the Gospel. And to the church."

Go deeperArrowNov 4, 2019

White House chief of operations leaving Trump administration

President Trump speaks at the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial on July 4. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

White House chief operations officer Daniel Walsh is leaving the Trump administration, the Washington Post first reported Monday.

Why it matters: Walsh, whose official title is deputy chief of staff, was one of the few White House officials who'd worked in the administration since President Trump's inauguration, per WashPost.

Go deeperArrowNov 26, 2019

Trump confirms Turkey's Erdoğan will visit White House next week

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President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodğan has accepted his invitation to visit the White House on Nov. 13.

"Just had a very good call with President Erdogan of Turkey. He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi. Also talked about their Border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics. Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the White House!"
Go deeperArrowNov 6, 2019