In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) during his trip in Israel, Pompeo was asked whether the president “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” while on the topic of the Islamic regime’s aggression in the Middle East. Queen Esther is a biblical heroine who rescued the Jewish people from genocide.
U.S. Secretary of State @SecPompeo and Israeli PM @netanyahu visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 21 2019. The two officials were joined by @USAmbIsrael Friedman Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz & Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director Mordechai Eliav pic.twitter.com/zpvk10nfHb
— USEmbassyJerusalem (@usembassyjlm) March 21, 2019
An excellent meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The alliance between our two countries is stronger than ever. Israel and the United States are working in close coordination to roll back Iranian aggression in the region and around the world. pic.twitter.com/7lAOhhvSAb
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) March 20, 2019
Pompeo replied, “as a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.” He added that “to see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains. I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
The U.S. secretary of state is currently on a tour of the Middle East. He visited Kuwait prior to Israel before heading to Lebanon on March 22.
“To be there with the Israeli prime minister and ambassador from the United States to Israel was really an important moment,” Pompeo said, reported CBN. “It was special for me as a Christian. It was special I think to show the commitment the United States has to this democracy, this Jewish nation of Israel.”
EXCLUSIVE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CBN News he believes President Donald Trump is being used by God to help defend the Jewish state of Israel.
On March 21, the president announced that it was time to back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967.
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump said on Twitter.
After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019
The United States’ recognition of the disputed area would mark a shift in policy a week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to meet with Trump and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
In response, Netanyahu thanked Trump on Twitter for his comments: “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump!”
At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump! @realDonaldTrump
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) March 21, 2019
God ‘Wanted Donald Trump to Become President’
In another CBN interview in January, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said she believed God “wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
Speaking to David Brody and Jennifer Wishon of CBN, she explained: “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.
“That’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The Epoch Times reporter Michael Wing and Reuters contributed to this report.