Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that God is using Donald Trump’s presidency to create “change” and to help teach the country “lessons.”
CBN News chief political analyst David Brody asked Haley, “What is your view, kind of spiritually, on the sovereignty of God and what He is doing exactly by putting Donald Trump as president of the United States?”
“Well, I think that it goes to show that everything happens for a reason, and the way I see it is look at the results of Donald Trump as president,” the former South Carolina governor responded.
Haley noted that Americans can look around and see more of their friends and family employed than ever before in the nation’s history.
“We are acknowledging real truths with a president that had the courage to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” she added.
Haley explained, “I think God sometimes places people [in power] for lessons and sometimes places people for change.”
“And you can look at everything that’s happened, and I think we’re seeing a lot of change and I think we’re gaining a lot of lessons from it, as well,” she added, perhaps referencing, in part, the resistance Trump has met from those within and outside of government.
Rick Perry says Trump is ‘ordained by God’
Outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered a similar observation in an interview that aired on Fox News recently about God ultimately being sovereign over who rises to power in countries.
“I’m a big believer that the God of our universe is still very active in the details of the day-to-day lives of government,” he told Fox News host Ed Henry. “Barack Obama didn’t get to be the president of the United States without it being ordained by God. Neither did Donald Trump.”
“God’s used individuals who aren’t perfect throughout history,” Perry went on to observe. “Donald Trump is not perfect.”
Perry noted some of the kings of ancient Israel recorded in the Bible, who also were not perfect, yet were chosen by God to lead their nation, such as Saul, David and Solomon.
“And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago,” the former Texas governor said.
“And I shared it with him, I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you know you said you were the chosen one.’ And I said, ‘You were.’ I said, if you’re a believing Christian you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government.”
Perry recounted that every Wednesday morning there was a cabinet Bible study at the White House.
He named some of those who participated, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Acting Director of the Office of Budget and Management Russ Vought.
Perry led Trump’s cabinet in prayer in his last meeting as Energy Secretary.
Others chime in
In a June interview, Brody, who co-authored the book “The Faith of Donald Trump” told The Western Journal, the president is “surrounded by a whole bunch of Christians, whether it be Paula White and many of the pastors that are around him on a consistent basis.”
Brody also pointed to Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Carson and Perry.
“Donald Trump has definitely surrounded himself with folks that he wants to be around, and he wants to be around Christians,” the CBN News journalist said. “He enjoys being around Christians.”
“God has a master plan here for Donald Trump, for you, for me for everyone.”
In January, then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Brody she saw Trump as God’s man for this time in U.S. history.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that is why he is there,” Sanders said.
“I believe God’s hand was in it,” Graham told Fox News. “I’m not a Republican nor a Democrat, I’m just a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The evangelist held prayer rallies at every state capital in the U.S. in advance of the 2016 election.
Graham said, “I could tell as I was going across the country that God was getting ready to do something” to change the direction of America.